Secretary to the President Austin Fernando told Colombo Telegraph today that he knows nothing about 118 Parliamentarians receiving election campaign donations from Perpetual Treasuries. Fernando was responding to a query by Colombo Telegraph on allegations that Perpetual Treasuries had supported the election campaigns of many parliamentarians. It was alleged that the names of the relevant Members of Parliament were included in the report submitted to the President by the commission appointed by him to inquire into the Central Bank bond scam.
Perpetual Treasuries is an outfit that was run by Arjun Aloysius, son-in-law of ex Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, who is wanted in court over the Central Bank bond scam, and made billions through investment in bonds three years ago.
Following an admission by Dayasiri Jayasekera (MP) that he had indeed received Rs 1 million from Aloysius, it was alleged that in fact a total of 118 MPs currently in Parliament were similarly supported during the 2015 parliamentary elections.
Fernando further said that he had sought the advice of the Attorney General on the report and that the Attorney General had told him that there could be sensitive information therein. He had however handed all the documents submitted by the Commission as part of its report to the National Archives.
Fernando said that there’s no provision to submit such documents to Parliament and that he had merely followed established procedures.
‘There are over 8000 pages in this report and anyone who wants to peruse them can do so by making a request to the National Archives,’ he said.