Bond Report does not contain a list of MPs who accepted money - Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

by Staff Writer 08-06-2018 | 1:47 AM
COLOMBO (News 1st) - Making a statement in Parliament today (June 7), Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the social media reports claiming parliamentarians accepted money from Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) are false. The speaker requested media institutions to stop insulting members of parliament and prominent personalities by levelling baseless allegations citing fabricated details of 118 MPs accepting bribes and going beyond to increase that number to 166. He went on to say he requested the secretary to the president to hand over all documents in the bond commission report and the moment he returns to the island, the documents would be handed over with the assistance of the attorney general and the inspector general of police. Following the speaker's statements, Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayaka asked who received the 166 cheques which have been exchanged through the account of PTL's Arjun Aloysius. Speaking of the same matter, UNP Parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar said if the investigations into the bond scam have been completed then legal action can be taken against those involved rather than hiding the information. "While finding the crimes of the previous government, it is essential that legal action be taken and punishments are handed to those found guilty through the investigations carried out during this government," he added. Marikkar requested the speaker to reveal the names of those who accepted bribes.