Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
06 Jun, 2018 | 1:32 am
Colombo (News1st) – Everybody wants to know which politicians obtained money from the alleged perpetrators of the bond scam. Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake was questioned by the media today on whether she took money from Arjun Aloysius.
Mayor Senanayake dismissed the allegations as baseless and cited recent reports regarding money allocated for repairs on her official residence as proof of false accusations levelled against her. However, she did not that it was common for politicians to receive assistance in the form of cash or money when engaging in an election campaign. She described this as a legal act and that politicians would not be able to campaign without such assistance.
When questioned whether it would be fair to funnel such campaign donations through companies such as Perpetual Treasuries and W.M. Mendis, the Mayor of Colombo states that donations from such companies would be unfair and that politicians need to be careful and be aware of the soure of the money coming into their campaigns.
During a media briefing held today Minister Kabir Hashim was also questioned about the Bond Scam. The journalist who raised the question reminded that when the bond auction took place in March 2016 state banks were under the Purview of Min. Hashim and questioned whether he was aware that the former finance minister held a meeting with the heads of state banks and spoke to them regarding the interest rates to be courted in their bids.
Min. Hashim responded by saying that although State Banks were under his purview the Minister of Finance would occasionally summon the heads of these banks and have discussions on the monetary policy. He further states that as the Minister in charge of the State banks he had to seek approval from the minister of finance when even appointing a chairman to a bank.
Speaking to News 1st, Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said there is no truth to the statement made by Minister Kabir Hashim. Karunanayake went on to say several state banks were under him from January to August 2015 however, later they were moved under the Ministry of Ministry of Public Enterprise Development.
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