Feb 06, 2017

JO divided over commission probing bond sales! Featured

Top figures in the joint opposition are divided over the appointment of a presidential commission to inquire into the Central Bank bond sales.

MP Bandula Gunawardena told the media at the Colombo high court today (06) that he did not believe this commission would ensure justice.

He questioned the justice of MPs accused of misusing state vehicles being denied bail, while Arjun Mahendran and others who had swindled billions of rupees were being allowed scot free.

Prof. G.L. Peiris said it was pointless to appoint a commission of inquiry after the earnings from the bond sales had been exhausted.

This commission should have been appointed two years ago, he said, adding it could do nothing practical now.

However, leader of the JO Dinesh Gunawardena has told BBC Sandeshaya that he approved of the appointment of the commission, but demanded the accused company, Perpetual Treasuries, be immediately de-licensed pending the commission’s determination.

Also, all of its dealings, including investments, should be prohibited, as per the internationally recognized procedure.

Gunawardena noted that president Maithripala Sirisena has described the matter as a loss and a crime.