PM says one thing and his advisor says another : MP Harshana Rajakaruna

PM says one thing and his advisor says another : MP Harshana Rajakaruna

PM says one thing and his advisor says another : MP Harshana Rajakaruna

Written by Staff Writer

06 Feb, 2020 | 9:50 pm

Colombo (News 1st): While much controversy has surrounded the Airbus deals, the Forensic Audit Reports on the Central Bank bond scam are also widely discussed. Convening a media briefing yesterday (Feb 5), former Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said he cannot accept the COPE report, Presidential Commission Report and the Forensic Audit Reports.

He requested the Police to conduct an investigation in this regard. Here are some of the views expressed on the statements made by the former Central Bank Governor.

UNP MP Harshana Rajakaruna noted that the Prime Minister made a request in parliament that the President and the Attorney General must take action in this regard. He said the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal said that the Police should look into this, therefore, the Prime Minister says one thing and his Advisor says another. He added that they are trying to pass the buck and the Forensic Audit reports revealed a lot of things we were not aware of. MP Rajakaruna said that all these companies together have created billions of losses to the Employees Provident Fund. He stressed that working people deserve justice.

UPFA MP D.V. Chanaka speaking regarding the issue noted that the United National Party is attempting to put the Central Bank bond scam blame on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. He noted that they remember how Sunil Handunnetti in his COPE report did not mention Ranil Wickremesinghe or any other ministers’ names in the report. He said the blame was solely put on the officials and that’s what they wanted to prove through the COPE report. He stressed that the UNP has always tried to cover up the fraudulent activities they committed.

Commenting on the matter UNP MP Hesha Vithanage requested the government not to deceive the people of this country anymore. He said the people have seen the reality. He said that if anyone from their government is involved, they shouldn’t be kept hidden. He went onto note that a general election is approaching, and the people are waiting to send certain people home. He said the law should be enforced on those who robbed the earnings of the people of this country.

Co-cabinet spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardena also spoke regarding the issue. He noted;

“A debate on the Forensic Report will be held in parliament. I think it is not the politicians who should debate on the forensic audits. Those in the fields of audits and accountancy should debate on this. According to the forensic audit, nothing has taken place during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s era. I’m someone with the knowledge of the relevant field. The electronic bidding system detects any irregularities then and there. We will intervene if someone from our time should be punished for being involved in this.”

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