26 October, 2020

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Bond Scam: Stop Publicising Or Circulating COPE Report – UNP Legally Forces

After considering the petition filed by Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe, the Colombo District Court has today issued an enjoining order preventing the publication or circulation of the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) sub-committee report on the Central Bank Bond issue until July 23. 

The UNP leader

The UNP leader

In his speech on Tuesday President Maitripala Sirisena said that he asked the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to ask the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to resign. ” What does it mean? that there was wrongdoing and that Mahendran was culpable” a political observer told Colombo Telegraph.

All media reporting the COPE bond report are guilty and punishable under the Section 22 of the Parliamentary (Powers and Privilege) act, the Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesighe has written to the Secretary-General of Parliament on 6th of July. He also said that the former Chairman of the COPE DEW Gunasekara is also guilty under the same section of the law.

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  • 13
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    So Bodhi Sira really asked Mahendran to resign?.

    This is news to me . I thought Sira just said he wasn’t happy . And thought Ranil would sack him.

    What this boils down to is unelected PM openly disobeying the elected President of the Nation.

    Just imagine if Ranil becomes an elected PM with full executive powers…

    Bodhi Sira might as well retire to an Aramaya and seek Nirvana, while the UNP CF Leader Ranil dishes out Yahapalanya through Mahendran and the F…..CID..

    Wonder how many more Mahendrans will Ranil bring to reinforce Yahapalanaya…

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      Either Dr. Dushni Weerakoon or Dr. Saman Kelegama who are excellent economists and ethical individuals should be made Governor of the Central Bank.

      The Central Bank needs to be cleaned out just as the SLFP needs to be cleaned out of corruption. Nivard Cabraal was a crook and needs to be investigated and his assets ceased and returned to the EPF and ETF funds.

      So, too it is Time for Arjuna Mahendran to quit, and for him, Perpetual treasuries, and Aloysius to be properly investigated and their assets ceased and used to offset losses they incurred at the CB.

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        @Dodo

        How to do that ? Mahendran is good pal of RW. Seems “Good” Governance is Good only for some.

        I fear that the good citizens of this country are still blinded by the shining promises made by Yahapalana to be able to see that we have simply exchanged one set of crooks for another

        .. and the plunder will continue – this time, no one will even object or threaten us with dark promises of being hauled before this court or that.. because America is our new BFF

        Rock On !!

    • 6
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      Sumane,

      The president never asked PM Ranil to sack CB Governor Mahendran but told him ,since CB came under his jurisdiction , that CB scandal is an embarrassment to the govt and to look into it. Ranil explained to him as to who and who, among the outsiders, were involved in the bond scam and proved to him that there was a plan carried out to scuttle the reputation of the govt.using the new comer to bank as governor, as a scapegoat and the president understood the problem and there was no come back from him.

      Governor Mahendran’s ability to carry on as Governor is proved beyond doubt by his excellent work now being carried out ,after he officially took over responsibility of the CB., after he had been cleared of any wrong doings.

      • 4
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        HeHeHeHeeeeeeee

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          KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

          “HeHeHeHeeeeeeee”

          It looks like you are positioning yourself for the post of CB. If you stood up and straighten your back a bit Ranil might consider your application.

      • 1
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        So when you unrefined Sinhala fellows call him “hora” it is uncivilized. Use an English word such as pilferer of public money or a grand larceny actor.

        If there is nothing to hide, why did Sujiwa go to courts to block it? Now that is something PhD garrulous Harsha and [Edited out] Eran W can explain to people openly and candidly NOW during the campaign.

        Sirisena is a puppet muppet who is bossed by Chaura Rajini and RW.

        But UNP will sweep the polls. We prefer our thieves to be sophisticated and not crude and unrefined like those from Hambantota. Even in thievery they maintain their class and dignity and drink Scotch from Crystal Decanters and have servants waiting at their beck and call. They are the elite who are destined to rule us and we must obey them.

        Please do not use the word “HORA” to describe RW and long time UNPer Charlie Mahendran’s son Arjuna. They are not backward Hambantota Kurakkan eating Sinhalese. They are Colombo’s upper class elite. RW’s uncle was Bishop Laxman Wickremesinghe of Anglican church. His daddy was Esmond also [Edited out]. His strong and dominant mom was Buddhist and a Wijewardene with long and old ties to Kelaniya. They are blue blooded Sinhala and Tamil English speaking aristocracy of Ceylon born to have servants, nannies, drivers, cooks and never had to clean a pot or dish or starve.

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      Mr. President, why must you ask RW to remove the Governor. You are the President. You have the power to remove him yourself …. even now.

  • 13
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    President’s statement re: dissolution of parliament and Sujeeva’s action in courts gives more proof of the bond scam by the gentlemen crooks and the need to cover up. Good governance promoters and the NGOS are silent. Why? Is it selective exposures and criticism when it comes to their friends & benefactors?

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      jayasingha

      “Is it selective exposures and criticism when it comes to their friends & benefactors?”

      You should be happy the killing and white vanning have stopped. And who is the author of COPE report?

      When did parliamentarians of this land become honest MPs to investigate and write an impartial report on the scam? Why haven’t we seen any impartial reports authored by COPE in the past 10 years or so accusing the old regime of any wrong doing?

  • 6
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    Thought this is the government of openness? Grasshopper Ranil learnt well from MR.I don’t like to be conspiracy theorist but is it possible Ranil doing his best to alienate majority of voters to help Rajapaksa to dance his way back in to power.

  • 5
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    Treat the (m)asses like mushrooms.Feed them a lot of bullshit and keep them in the dark .

  • 7
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    RIP Yahapalanaya

    Seems the only good governance the UNP knows is to disenfranchise all those who don’t agree with their “superior” educated views.

    Either by sabotage of the opposition, legal action and denial of information. They have the true makings of a DICTATORSHIP and its only an interim government.

  • 9
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    The very fact that the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ranil’s UNP government had gone on to obtain a restraining order against publishing the COPE report is proof that some UNP bigwigs are the master minds behind the bond scam. The former Central Bank Governor has said that the bond scam cannot be just the work of the present Governor Mahendran. He must be right.

    A further proof came from the horses’s mouth when President Sirisena said that he advised that Mahendran be asked to stand down immeditely. But,his advice was not heeded. I do not think President Sirisena had made this statement lightly. He would have felt strongly that Mahendran was a guilty party for him to make this advice. Had President Sirisena not suspected foul play he would not have advised Mahendran’s resignation.

    Ranil and UNP are afraid that release of the COPE Report would expose the real culprits behind the bond scam. Ranil is feeling the heat and that is why he had gone to the extent of seeking the court’s intervention to prevent the release of the report.

    Instead of dousing down the attack on UNP for the bond scam, this resort to court’s intervention will greatly damage UNP’s chances at the August 17th election and dent UNP’s posture as a party standing for good governance as people will now believe that some UNP higher ups are the real culprits behind the bond scam. Ranil and UNP have given further ammunition to Mahida’s UPFA by their stupid decision to seek court’s intervention. Ranil and UNP should know that they cannot defend the undefendable. Bond scam is undefendable and there is no second word about it. What ever Ranil and UNP do to put a lid on the bond scam will definitely boomerang.

  • 8
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    Is this the same Sujeeva Senasinghe who is demanding LKR 2 Billion from Sunday Times for two articles , one about a Malini and the other about Cu Rods?.

    If he is the same, it is a bit puzzling..

    Because this Sujeeva went to the Director of Customs to demand that the customs release a few containers of Copper Rods which had been impounded for not paying the right import Duty.

    As I understand this Sujeeva is a Deputy Minister to Galleon Ravi, the Minister and the Treasurer.

    What is Sujeeva going to do with Copper Rods in the Treasury?.

    A 20 ft container normally has 8 Pallets of Copper Rods.

    And the total weight is close to to 30 tonnes.

    In Dollar terms it is about USD 240,000 worth of Cu in each container.

    Because Cu fetches about USD 8000 a Tonne at the LME..

    A few containers is a fair bit of money.

    Is Sujeeva a Director of Kelani Cables?.

    Or is he a re exporter to TamilNad Cable makers?.

    Because that is the only use for these Copper Rods.

  • 8
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    Mr. Prime Minister: At the rally held at Bulathsinhala, in support of your bid to come to power you asked the “MR & CO”: “why fear to come and prove your innocence on those allegations”?

    I have to ask you the same question: Why go to courts and prevent the publishing of the Interim Report of the the COPE on the “Bond Issue” instead of proving your innocence before the voters? Another question: Why you did not heed the advice of the President and got your man out of the the Central Bank? Is it to show your “Authority” over the President, recently obtained through the 19A? If you can do it that way, what will MR & Co do, if they come to power and use the same powers now enshrined in the 19A? Please do not con us. When you make these utterances and show off “court actions”, do not forget that there are a whole lot of “Young Voter” bank watching, not only you but all others in the election field.

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      Douglas

      ” “why fear to come and prove your innocence on those allegations”?”

      Can I remind you that this island’s political culture thrives on double standards and hypocrisy.

      • 4
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        Dear Native,

        If you keep bending to Ranil like this , you will become a hunch back…..

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          KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

          “If you keep bending to Ranil like this , you will become a hunch back….. “

          Why would one want to bend to any politician? I am not a KASmaalam.

          Children who love football want to learn the art of “Bend it Like Beckham”.

          Those who love this island should learn to bend their politicians to serve them.

          Here is some definition you owed to learn:

          Bend It Like Beckham

          A kick ass British film starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley.

          The film is about Jess “Jesminder” a young Indian Punjabi Sikh growing up in the suburbs of London who wants nothing more than to play football. (soccer) But her parents don’t think it’s “proper”

          “Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?” – Jess Bend It Like Beckham

          • 0
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            Dear Native,

            Bending over to Batalanada Ranil is different to bending the Ball in the Goal…

            I am surprised you didn’t get it.

            BTW all I wanted to say is you will be the Hunch Back of the Diaspora….

  • 10
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    I just cannot understand why RW will hide this IF there is nothing to hide!! My great fear is that this will be a significant issue in the coming election.

  • 0
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    Native Vedda: I got what you wanted to covey. This is the very reason, I am advocating “Independent Commissions” and a completely Independent Judiciary to comprehensively investigate the allegations and bring all those found guilty to pay the price for wrong doing. That process of making a complaint must be an “OPEN POLICY” so that any person in the country must be able to seek justice. The investigative process must be made judicious and also swift. I do not expect any alleged person to come forward and accept responsibility on their own. We hardly find such a society. That is why the Law Enforcement agencies are set up and must be made to function with full FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE.

    We started this process after the 8th January; but “sabotaged” by the very people who instituted it. It is very well proved by the number of FR petitions filed in courts and we know who these people who have gone courts and who the lawyers who represent them. That alone proves what “humbugging” is going on in the Administration of Government. Don’t you agree.

  • 5
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    II don’t think that it is right for the Court to intervene in any manner and stop the democratic right of the people to know more information about this Bond Scam.

    There may be procedural lapses or ulterior motive behind publishing this report but no one has right to stop it being released for the information of the people, if the content is accurate.

    Why the RW is so scared if his administration is clean. Why Sujeewa was employed to suppress this information from the people. This whole episode is absolutely unacceptable

    As MS rightly said, first and foremost the governor’s appointment itself is wrong. And if RW is a honest man, he should have removed this person immediately after exposure of this serious accusation.

  • 5
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    why? Ranil has something to hide?

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    We are dealing with the LGBT community so lets be vigilant, a bunch of spineless dopes. [Edited out]

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      Ganga

      “We are dealing with the LGBT community so lets be vigilant, a bunch of spineless dopes. [Edited out]”

      What is your point if there is one?

      Why do you have to vigilant if you are dealing with LGBT?

      In fact they should be vigilant if you happen to be dealing with you.

  • 4
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    I dont know anything about the validity of the findings afterthe dissolution of parliament. I also dont have any clue about the release of this report after disoolution is valid or not. But one thing is clear. There is something to hide from the general public. We all are against corruption and malpractices. It doesnt matter wether they are UNP or SLFP or JVP or TNA. It doesnt matter Mahinda or Ranilor Arjun Mahendran.If someone has done something they must be investigated and punished. If the allegations are not proven , everyone must accept the justifiable decisions and court verdicts given. If they dont, there is also a political gimmick for personnel gains. We are against either of this scenerios.

  • 0
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    In a way I fell every thing happen for GOOD. Imagine if Ranil brought that “Right To Information” bill, what it would have been.

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    Please do not use the word “HORA” to describe RW and long time UNPer Charlie Mahendran’s son Arjuna. They are not backward Hambantota Kurakkan eating Sinhalese. They are Colombo’s upper class elite. RW’s uncle was Bishop Laxman Wickremesinghe of Anglican church. His daddy was Esmond also Christian. His strong and dominant mom was Buddhist and a Wijewardene with long and old ties to Kelaniya. They are blue blooded Sinhala and Tamil English speaking aristocracy of Ceylon born to have servants, nannies, drivers, cooks and never had to clean a pot or dish or starve.

    So when you unrefined Sinhala fellows call him “hora” it is uncivilized. Use an English word such as pilferer of public money or a grand larceny actor.

    If there is nothing to hide, why did Sujiwa go to courts to block it? Now that is something PhD garrulous Harsha and [Edited out] Eran W can explain to people openly and candidly NOW during the campaign.

    Sirisena is a puppet muppet who is bossed by Chaura Rajini and RW.

    But UNP will sweep the polls. We prefer our thieves to be sophisticated and not crude and unrefined like those from Hambantota. Even in thievery they maintain their class and dignity and drink Scotch from Crystal Decanters and have servants waiting at their beck and call. They are the elite who are destined to rule us and we must obey them.

  • 5
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    The truth hurts

  • 4
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    UNP should lose the election.

    It is upto Sri lankan to understand the cunning thieves of UNP.

  • 1
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    My question is why the good governance boys led by Ven: Maduluwawe Sobitha and the 40 odd NGO and others do not shout now from the roof tops on this serious issue as they did when MR’s side did something bad?

  • 1
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    Now that the president of the country had spoken on CB bond scam, My.Arjun Mahendran should hand in his resignation voluntarily so that
    his stay as governor CB, may not jeopardise Ranil’s chances of forming the next Govt. Ranil is confident that governor CB is innocent of the crime, so widely publicized by the opposition and he wants to stick to his principles by not allowing Mr. Mahendran from resigning by yielding into bogus pressure and that is Ranil’s nature to protect the innocent at any cost, but Mr. Mahendran should given in, in the name of good governance, the people crave for.
    UNP cannot bring cartloads of corruption cases done by the former regime to the political platforms because gullible public will judge that both parties robbed after hearing this case form the opposition. Being a Tamil, he should put the community first and do this sacrifice for the Tamils so that they can have a fair govt. rather than going back to hell again.
    It will be a fair exchange on the part of Mr. Mahendran if he can do that.

  • 0
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    I am no fan of Mahinda Rajapaksa. I confess I voted Maithripala
    Sirisena to see a change. A change where the corrupt members
    of the Rajapaksa family were exposed and punished. For six months
    I waited for this to happen. There was nothing. Neither President
    Sirisena nor Prime Minister Wickremesinghe were interested. The
    two of them together with Chandrika Kumaratunga plotted other
    things.

    If one truly, believes in Yahapalanaya you should allow Rajapaksa
    to contest. He has not been convicted. They only convicted him
    on the election platforms of the pro Sirisena campaign before the
    presidential elections. Have the people of this country been told
    what he robbed, how much and where. Mangala Samaraweera said there
    was $18 million dollars. Where is that money? Surely, you cannot hide
    it in heaven? But there are a lot of Rajapaksa haters who are clouded
    by the real issues.

    A time will come when they will similarly be clouded about Sirisena
    and Wickremesinghe. If Rajapaksa has robbed, what has the UNP government
    done? What about the Central Bank Bond Issue? Why is the Prime Minister
    trying to cover up.

    First he appointed three lawyers who were novices on bond issues. They
    were only used to drinking Brooke Bond tea. Even they said that the matter
    required a probe. When D.E.W. Gunasekera’s draft report, not tabled in
    Parliament, came to light, Wickremesinghe wrote to the Secretary General
    of Parliament. In that letter published by Colombo Telegraph Ranil said
    there was NO such report.

    It is now funny that one of Wickremesinghe’s catchers, a one time sworn
    enemy, Sujeeva Senasinghe with a Maharaja reputation, went to Courts
    and got an injunction. According to his application, there is a purported
    draft report. Who is right?

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      Gemunu – The danger in bringing the past regime back to power is that the independent judiciary system,which is now in practice, will break down and FCID gets closed with files destroyed and do you want the corrupt ones come to the surface again and ruin the finances of this poor country , where people toil hard to survive.
      True,no one was proved guilty yet but no one is proved innocent,either.
      You as an educated man should understand that court cases take donkeys ages in SL and unless the govt. takes short cuts like the way Fld. Marhall Fonseka’s case was heard and convicted by the previous govt.did
      You must be knowing that land cases sometime take up to over 30 years to settle. Verdicts cannot be given overnight as the defendant also should be given a chance to defend himself in a free court. Good governance means that the govt. should follow democratic pattern of governing and not follow short cuts as happened in the past regime. In Mahendran’s case,one cannot say that qualified lawyers did not know how
      to deal with bond cases and they cannot be leading lawyers if they
      cannot deal with all types of legal cases and more over the SC, supreme
      authority on these matters,cleared him of any wrong doings. COPE report
      was hurriedly done with a purpose of hitting the current govt. before the elections but it was found one sided by the analysts and law prevented from being submitted to the parliament as there was no consensus reached among the participants.
      As regards the hoarded, money Minister Mangala mentioned 18 billion dollars and not a meagre 18 million dollars. Mr. Modi Indian PM bragged
      on assumption of office,that he will bring back hoarded money,amounting
      to many billions of dollars in other countries in no time but failed. even monies siphoned by people like Marcos, Saddam Hussain and Gaddafi are not found yet as no country will reveal such secrets as their banks
      use this money to strengthen their country’s financial status by giving
      loans on interest etc. There is documentary proof in the country as to how the treasury of the country is plundered. If the above explanation satisfies you, you should not change your old stand taken to have a clean govt. with good governance.

      The only mistake the President made was that he did not take measures
      to fortify his position after assuming duties as President of this country, like any other world leader would have done and his trusted friends betrayed him to save the fellow parliamentarians from court
      cases against corruption, nepotism and political thuggery. President,
      having nearly 50 years of experience in local politics, did not fathom
      the danger coming to him and his hero status became zero status for being off guard.

  • 0
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    RW you look soooo handsom…..

  • 0
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    Despite international pressures the last government managed the economy well.
    This government has destroyed the macro economic fundamentals within hundred days. We cannot have better people than PBJ and Cabraal to manage the economy.
    The mistakes with the last government were
    – Wrong foreign policy
    – Wrong and messed up relationship with minority communities
    – No actions against corruption within the administration

    Any person who has a basic knowledge of economics will have to laugh at what the present economic pundits talk.

  • 0
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    Mr. Clean Ranil has some cover to do as well. Ha ha!

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