A letter signed by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake which calls on the ex-Governor Arjuna Mahendran to raise Rs. 75 billion in just one month shows many grave errors in the official communication. The controversial letter was submitted by Mahendran’s lawyers to the Bond Commission investigating the matter.
Incidentally, this letter has been typed out on a letterhead which appears to be used only for internal communication purposes at the ministry and has been addressed in an odd manner ‘to whom it may concern.’ Another serious issue in the letter is that there is no date in it, although Karunanayake’s signature has been placed at the bottom of the letter. It also wrongly mentions that Malik Samarawickrama was a Cabinet Minister on 26th of February 2015.
The letter bears no contact information or even an address which is the standard norm of any letterhead, especially if used for outside communication purposes, and for such matters of serious financial transaction orders. The letter submitted by the ex-governor’s lawyers aim to justify Mahendran’s action to issues treasury bonds worth Rs. 10 billion on 27th of February 2015.