Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President, offered a full clarification on the contents of the report submitted to President Sirisena by the Commission of Inquiry he (the President) appointed to inquire into the Central Bank Bond issue scam.
Colombo Telegraph sought explanation from Fernando when it was noted that the report uploaded on the official website of the President’s office did not include all the documents listed as being part of the report. [http://www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk/?p=4978]
Fernando, while pointing out that media institutions that have been talking about the report had not contacted him, offered the following clarification:
“The footage of the official handing over of the report shows three volumes, but these were just three copies of the same report that was submitted to the President. When we requested a soft copy the Secretary to the Commission of Inquiry sent it in a pen drive. It is this file that was uploaded to the website,” he said.
Fernando added that all the documents that constitute evidence and representations made are in two cupboards.
“These include details of bank transactions, interest rates and personal details of various individuals etc. Since I do not know whether it is correct to make all this public I have sought the advice of the Attorney General,” he added, pointing out that anyone, if he or she so wishes, can invoke the Right to Information Act and obtain copies of the relevant documents.