Former chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and leader of the Communist Party DEW Gunasekera has accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and several other UNP members of conspiring against COPE to clear former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s name from several charges including his alleged involvement in two Treasury bond scams.
Gunasekera has claimed that several UNP Members were working in a manner giving scant regard to COPE, while also working in a conspiring manner which can affect the outcome of the COPE decision against Mahendran.
According to him, some members of the UNP which is the main party in the coalition government have made statements to the effect that the Auditor General does not have the necessary qualifications to handle certain matters including releasing an independent report on the bond scam.
“It is the government that appointed him to that position, so why are they questioning about his qualification now. These are all excuses to help Mahendran go scot free despite his wrongdoings,” the former COPE chairman said.