In the backdrop of intensifying pressure against him and his party, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed Minister Lakshman Kiriella to hand over the COPE report on the Central Bank Treasury Bond scam to the Attorney General for action.
Kiriella, who is the Minister of Higher Education and Highwaya, is also the Leader of the House.
Meanwhile, Kirella has confirmed that he will be handing over the COPE report to the Attorney General today.
Opposition MPs have been calling for Wickremesinghe’s resignation following the damning report by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), which found Wickremesinghe’s associate, Arjuna Mahendran, who was the 13th Governor of Central Bank, directly responsible for the Treasury Bond scam which resulted in the country losing Rs. 1.6 billion. Opposition MPs say Wickremesinghe is also equally responsible for the scam, as he tried to cover up the incident committed by Mahendran.