Jun 08, 2018

Sujeewa accepted Rs. 3m from Mendis distilleries!

The CID had notified the Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday that State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe had accepted Rs. 3 million in cheques from W.M. Mendis Company, a subsidiary of Perpetual Treasuries, on three occasions.

Senior Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda had notified court that the State Minister had accepted cash cheques from the third accused in the Treasury Bond scam, W.M. Mendis Co. between August 24, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Two of the cash cheques had been cashed by the State Minister’s security personnel and the cash had been handed over to him.

The Additional Solicitor General noted that the other cheque for Rs. One million had been cashed by a person who was operating the State Minister’s election activities, adding that Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe should be called to the CID to obtain a statement from him.

Dayasiri, who had received a cheque for One million evades the CID:

Meanwhile, MP Dayasiri Jayasekara who is said to have received a cheque for Rs. One million from an affiliated company of PTL, had been asked to report to the CID and give a statement, but he had not done so as yet, Senior Additional Solocitor General Yasantha Kodagota told Court.

The officers of the AG’s Department told Court that the first accused in the Bond scam, Arjun Mahendran during his tenure as the Central Bank Governor, had received cheques from W.M. Mendis Company to the value of Rs. 3.2 million on three occasions.

Amila Dassanayake, who had been Arjun Mahendran’s Secretary had cashed these cheques in January, April and May 2016 through an office assistant named Roshan Sanjeewa and utilised that money to settle his credit card bills, the Additional Solicitor General pointed out.

He noted that with the warrant issued by court, the CID had searched the PTL office and recovered many important documents.

Constant CID harassment – Mendis Co

The Attorney appearing on behalf of W.M. Mendis Company, Kolitha Dharmawardena told Court that PTL had provided money to Mendis Co, for the construction of a distillery in Kalkuda and to pay off the debt of Rs. 900 million.

He pointed out that the company he represents is functioning with great difficulty under the new management and had come under great disrepute due to the negative publicity, but Mendis Co. had paid the government a colossal Rs. 32 billion as taxes within eight years.

Attorney Kolitha Dharmawardena said that not only their officers, but even the customers of Medis Co. had been summoned to the CID to obtain statements, making it difficult for the company to carry out their operations.