Call recordings which were deleted at the behest of Perpetual Treasuries (PTL)CEO Kasun Palisena and Arjun Aloysius were played at the Bond Commission today, which detailed that Arjun Aloysius, son-in-law of the then governor of the Central Bank, had inside information regarding the Bond Auction.
The Attorney Generals through Nuwan Salgado the Chief Dealer of PTL, played deleted call recordings pertaining to the date of the 2nd contreversial Bond auction on 29th March 2015.
In it Kasun Palisena calls Nuwan Salgado’s phone, while Salgado and Arjun Aloysius was in
Thereafter Aloysius details the rate in which the Central Bank will buy the bonds and the rates at which the EPF and National Service Bank (NSB) would bid.
Salgado, giving testimony said that it was clear that Arjun had inside information regarding the auction.
When questioned by the Commission, Aloysius said that the final authority on the rates was Aloysius’ father-in-law Arjun Mahendran, the then governor of the Central Bank. Mahendran was present during the hearings today.
Salgado said that he now feared for the safety of himself and his family and the Attorney Generals requested the Commission to immediately provide protection to the witness.
The Commission said that Salgado had not given evidence on politicians, but only about a “pilfering son in law”.
Meanwhile, Nihal Fernando, the lawyer for Perpetual Treasuries who made a statement saying that he would not represent PTL in light of the recent revelations on deletion of phone records was not present at the Commission today, sources said.
Instead his junior, one Mrs. Romali Thudawe said that Fernando was at the “Commercial High Court” and therefore did not attend the hearings. However, she had requested for the CD’s of the phone recordings which were played and the other recordings indicating that they were not going to step down.
Earlier, Fernando promised the commission that he had provided all recordings of coversations. However it came to light that it was a lie, as the phone records had been tampered with and deleted.
During the hearing on Monday, Fernando thereafter said that he would step down after ASG Dappula De Livera pointed out to Fernando that he had given an undertaking about the recordings.
However, Fernando despite grabbing the headlines yesterday regarding his “Proffessional Integrity” failed to turn up to make a statement today which he said he would. He had instead gone to the Commercial High Court. It is unclear what other case was more important than the Commission hearings, during which he promised to make a statement.
During the hearings it also transpired that the Attorney Generals department feared that Arjun Aloysius may flee the country.
ASG Yasantha Kodagoda said that they could not find Aloyisus to record a statement at his house or his office. He then requested the Counsel for Aloysius, Premarathne to provide the details of the two passports – an Australian and Sri Lankan passport possessed by Aloysius.