PM dares media to question Mahinda PM dares media to question Mahinda
Jan 08, 2018

State has to pay Rs. 10,000 billion for 2008-2015 bond sales Featured

The state has to incur an additional expenditure of Rs. 10,000 billion in the next 25 years, as a result of the Central Bank bond sales that had taken place between 2008 and 2015 without sanctioning by the CB’s monetary board, according to prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

As per the bond commission recommendation, a forensic audit into that mater should be undertaken without delay, he told the UNP special convention at Campbell Park in Borella yesterday (08).

Explaining the background for the formation and the execution of the duties of the presidential commission that inquired into the bond sales under the present regime, he said the attorney general would be implementing its recommendations.

Urging the media to question ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa about the said Rs. 10,000 billion loss from CB bond sales during his tenure, the PM said he would dare the media to do so.

However, the media has quoted Rajapaksa as saying that he too, would agree for such an investigation.

No confidence motion

Meanwhile, the joint opposition is due to take a decision at its affiliate party leaders’ meeting today on moving a no-confidence motion against the premier over the bond commission revelations.

But, the UNP has insisted that the commission has found that Wickremesinghe was not at fault, with its deputy general secretary Ajith P. Perera saying that they too, agreed with the commission recommendation that court action should be taken against former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake, Arjun Aloysius and others.

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