Parliament was prorogued when COPE was about to discuss CBSL forensic audit – Handunnetti

Parliament was prorogued when COPE was about to discuss CBSL forensic audit – Handunnetti

Parliament was prorogued when COPE was about to discuss CBSL forensic audit – Handunnetti

Written by Staff Writer

03 Dec, 2019 | 4:04 pm

Colombo (News 1st) – Former Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Sunil Handunnetti states that Parliament was progued at a time when the COPE committee was about to discuss the forensic audit report of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Speaking to News1st today, MP Handunnetti notes that COPE was scheduled to convene today to discuss the forensic audit report and to reach a decision on whether or not it should be presented to Parliament. Handunnetti stated that such a discussion was necessary as the Attorney General had advised them to regard the forensic audit report as a confidential document which was to be viewed only by the members of COPE.

He noted that the report looked into the issuance of bonds from 2002 until February 28th 2015 and expressed doubt whether the investigation would move ahead as the report encompasses multiple administrations including that of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Handunnetti noted that the forensic audit report will be placed securely at the COPE Secretariat until the next COPE is appointed and it would be up to the next chairman of COPE to consider the future course of action.

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