The Bribery and Corruption Commission filed action against the former National Savings Bank Chairman and the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake‘s husband, Pradeep Kariyawasam for alleged corruption in the The Finance Company (TFC)-NSB share transaction deal.
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Senguttuvan / October 25, 2012
Looks like the Rajapakse family/oligarchy is now going in for the exerciae of laundering their stained reputation by selective incidents of catching sharks in an ocean of venal governance. That it is happening just before UNUHRC/Geneve opening its doors for the November sessions cannot be coincidental.
Can the country have a CJ whose unqualified husband, who secured his high profile job only because of his wife’s high and sensitive position, and still maintain the integrity of its main institutions.
Or are we going the Pakistani way where the CJ there recently was found to have taken his wife/daughter on expensive, paid holidays to the UK, Monte Carlo and Milan in a nexus allegedly between his son and a crooked mega businessman-real Estate billionaire?
Justice / October 25, 2012
The president who appointed him to a post for which Kariyawasam was totally unfit,materially aided and abetted in the fraud.
But he is protected by the ‘immunity’ clause of the executive presidency.
The Bribery Commission is unable/unwilling to issue an arrest warrant against a minister who is yet to appear in court to answer charges of posession of Rs 600 Million of unaccounted wealth,in a case filed about ten years ago.
Will the Commission enforce the law first in that case,before filing charges against Kariyawasam.
Avi / October 25, 2012
What about defence secretary’s business partner/buddy
Rene Silva who looted poor srilankan’s savings over 200 millions in
this fraudulent deal. Is he off the hook just like his brother Duminda
Merril / October 25, 2012
Is it possible for us to have good, qualified, honest people to run these institutions? There are so many corruptions no one pays any attention, but their only interest is the religion and Sinhala domination.
Leela / October 25, 2012
Harsha de Silva UNP MP said in Parliament that Pradeep Kariyawsm was the chairman of the Insurance Cooperation 2009-2010.
On the same day, Laxman Kiriella UNP MP also said, same Insurance Cooperation had paid 200 million to a company that was advertised in the internet for the purpose of re-insurance in 2009-2010.
Kiriella also complained to Sarath Amunugama MP, the minister in charge that, that 200 million is now gone missing and inquired whether Insurance cooperation has the power to investigate it. Lakbima reported.
If that story talks for the honesty of the husband of CJ, do we need to talk about his wife. eh.
gamini / October 26, 2012
Leela, why are you selective in seeing Corruption? Yes indeed Pradeep Kariyawasam is corrupt and so his wife. What about your Cardboard Sando MR, the Biggest Corrupt Murderer?
Leela / October 26, 2012
I agree with you that MR may not be the epitome of honesty. Perhaps, you or I or X (those that say they are honest) would have done a far honest job than MR. But such persons have no chance in hell to get to that job in the first place. Therefore we have to choose a one from the most probable to succeed.
At the last Presidential election, it was either MR or SF. I chose MR. Not just from what journalists write here and elsewhere now, but what most SF’s former promoters and backers say, he would have been a disaster to this country if elected President.
Getting back to that ideal or honest person we were talking had become the president, what guarantee is there that he would last? Remember, even a popular man like Premadasa put himself on the verge of being thrown out when he tried to restrict his MPs and ministers. According to a revolter, one reasons being, Premadasa banned his MPs and ministers interfering in police matters. And many like Lalith, Gamini and et al didn’t like it. The goon today like Mervin are no different to Lalith and co.
I am sure, MR has seen enough and had estimated his limits. When people send Mervin, Paba and the likes and those in between as their representatives to parliament he has to take them as his team mates. Honesty alone will not retain the leader or take him very far.
Perhaps that’s why, wily JRJ kept undated resignation letters of his MPs in his pocket. What more dishonesty or fraud than that. Do you like if MR follows Lee Kwan Yew style?
That’s why I am asking you to name a predecessor of MR who had been more honest than him? I say none. Mind you, I am not talking before 1977. Look at ChandrikaK, she talks as if she is the shining example of honesty and she has flooded this country with milk and honey. One only has to read that Ivan’s book, Bandit Queen to learn her eleven long wasted years and graft sleaze and corruption. Mervin and the like were no better under her.
gamini / October 29, 2012
Leela, your theory of selecting the best out of the bad lot, rings no meaning as there are many, who are not so bad as MR. Possibly MR is the worst. So your Logic is not compatible with your suggestion. On the other hand, for your information Lalith and Gamini did not fall out with Premadasa over non interference of the Police. Premadasa from day one was not wanting to have any in the govt who was more educated than him. He had a sever complex of not being to school proper leave alone academic achievements. If you remember how he was claimed to be an Old Josephian?
Further you state that JRJ having undated letters of resignation of the MPs as the height of Dishonesty and fraud. There is nothing dishonest or fraudulent in having letters of resignation with a bunch of uncivilised, dishonest being elected as Representatives by your type of judgement. It is far better than white vanning or staging accidents to rid the unwanted as MR resort to. Having undated letters is also better than having to tolerate the antics of Mervyn type who are simply allowed to do just as they please, exposing the impotency of MR who is otherwise considered by your ilk as a strong leader.
You ask me to name a predecessor who is honest more than MR. Well I believe JRJ never misappropriated public funds to his family as he did not have the need. In that sense he was not corrupt. He may have had other shortcomings in governance. But his successors Premadasa, CBK and now MR all have proved to be absolutely Corrupt, who have robbed state funds without any shame and their excesses in governance puts JRJ in the shade.
Leela / October 29, 2012
When I said, “… name a predecessor of MR who had been more honest than him”, I meant not just in monetary terms, but honest in every sense. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about words to TNA and et al. What I am talking is what a Presidential candidate promises to voters. In my opinion, for that, worst wrongdoer is, ChandrikaK and one before her stand JRJ. And the least wrongdoer is MR for he fulfilled most of what he promised to mass. That’s why former two declined and the latter gained in popularity with time. Yet you say MR is the worst of the lot. I suppose that is according to your own consciousness and perception.
From what I can see, you might also say, voters themselves are uneducated, uncivilized and dishonest when you measure them in your yardstick for moral and therefore elected President doesn’t need to keep his promises.
JRJ may not have fiddled commissions but he allowed his MPs to cheat but he is known to have kept a dirty file for each MP. It is JRJ who introduced car permits to MPs and ministers and allowed them to sell it in the open market to finance their elections.
gamini / October 30, 2012
Leela, whom are you trying to bluff? to quote you, ‘When I said, “… name a predecessor of MR who had been more honest than him”, I meant not just in monetary terms, but honest in every sense’. Leela Oh! Leela is it that you are displaying your intelligence or your allegiance to MR.
Leela, for your information the election of MR as President has all the hall marks of a conspiracy of the involvement of the Americans, the Indians and VP himself. Thereafter MR had to follow the plan laid by the Americans and the Indians with their covert help to defeat the LTTE and also decimate VP who was sacrificed after being led. Thereafter the whole world had seen although there had been alleagtions against the MR govt and it’s Forces on War Crimes, yet the Americans and the Indians have soft peddled the whole issue and have reluctantly brought a watered down Resolution at the UN, lest they get exposed. Most of the Sri Lankan Forces heads although many countries voiced vociferously have been provided refuge and Diplomatic postings on the sly. So much for their Principles? You take pride, of the Election Victories of MR where everyone knows the levels of playing field and the dishonesty committed on the voters of this country. Therefore let us wait a little longer and see your Idol MR at the next hustings. You are paranoid that JRJ allowed car permits to MPs, which is one off things, comparing to MR who have made over Hundred of Ministers with attached perks to continue bleeding the Nation for ever and ever. Leela your blindness has no limits and your servility is immeasurable.
Avi / October 26, 2012
What a theory!! MR and family is the best we got in terms
of governing SL. Problem in SL today is we have too many Leelas
who don’t believe srilankans deserve better particularly after prolong
war that took so many lives( 99% of them were innocent poor
young people from the rural areas ). In any country if you do
not hold the government to account for what they do in fear of
change, results are obviously what we are seeing in SL every
single day. At the end of the day people get the
government they deserve. About Premadasa/Lalith/Gamini
fall out was mainly due to Premiership more than anything else.
Leela / October 26, 2012
I have never met a single Rajapakse to date. But I have known Premadasa, Lalith and Gamini personally.
Very true, majority in this country are Leelas. Present leadership of UNP lost them for good. That’s why UNP is losing at every election. UNP cannot think in line of Leelas. Hierarchy in the UNP is out of touch with the reality. They think Leelas must embrace its Menshevik thinking pattern of the NGO type. It will not happen.
It’s not so much change of government or leadership people fear, it is about the ones that would replace it. You see there are no marketable leaders at the helm of the opposition.
Avi / October 26, 2012
Thank you for your honest reply. You just proved my point of Leelas having fear of change. This exchange took me down the memory lane to a point where I heard a very interesting “Bana” story in my pre-teen years. When Lord Buddha was going from village to village for budddhist sermons, one quite windy day he saw a man inside a burning
house on a higher elevation. Lord Buddha asked the man to get out the house immediately. Then man asked Buddha “Isn’t it quite widy out there.I think mon-soon rain is on the way followed by wide spread flooding. It is going to be disaster”.Lord Boddha told Ananda Thera ” for people like that I have nothing to offer”.
Ruwan Manatunge / October 26, 2012
What ever the poition is immertrial,he should punished according law of land.Creeping to high position and expolited national WEALTH NOT GIVE ANY PARDON.TEACH LESSON FOR OTHER ALSO ON SUCH CORRUPATION IMMERDIALY ADDRESS BY AUTHORITIES IS THE INTEREAST OF PEOPLE PUBLIC FUNDS.
Nisal Amarasingha / October 26, 2012
Please Ruwan write your comments in grammatical English. I dont understand your gobbledigook. If you dont have a command of the English language go back and send your comments to the Sinhala papers
Nisal Amarasingha / October 27, 2012
Mr. Editor why do you publish such rubbish. Dont you have an editorial policy of publishing only posts that make any sense written in grammatical English. Please reply
Rauff Reffai / October 27, 2012
I have bothered to add a comment because I feel and fight for the recovery of our economy.Simply put ‘Corruption’ makes it difficult for any investor to plan his returns on invetment,because graft varies from place to place.It is better to make it predictable(in humour !) or rid it for good if that is possible ! See comments of Adam Sack (IFC/World Bank Country Manager) at the recently concluded ICASL conference:
“POLICY STABILITY :Maintain fundamentals, reserves etc. There has to be predictability for FDI to be stimulated. It is necessary for investors to plan the variables.’ Extra ordinary ‘payments within the economy cannot be planned.”
Senguttuvan / October 28, 2012
As fate would have it what we see before us is the co-existence and good and evil that characterises our Failed Society. On side side of the Street at Hultsdorp Street is the highest judicial offices in the land where one holds Court. On the side side of the same street,
at the Magistrate’s Court – stands a man in the accused’s dock accused of ghastly economic crimes and mega financial impropriety. That just about describes the fate of the nation – evil and what should be ideal living side by side; hand in hand, one might say.
Where is our national ethos of what should follow to protect what we dearly hold as good and decent in this particular shocking case?