Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the party’s parliamentary group at Temple Trees yesterday, said that the Police are continuing investigations into a large number of cheques in the run up to the 2015 Presidential Election.
He explained that according to a complained lodged with the Police by one Disanayake Mudiyanselage Sarath Dissanayake, a total of Rs 1398 million had been obtained by cashing 82 cheques between December 1, 2014 and January 8, 2015. They money apparently had been given to various officials in the President’s office.
‘These include cheques issued by the “China Harbour company”. The special investigation unit of the Police has submitted relevant documents to the Attorney General’s office. Investigations continue under the supervision of Deputy Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda and have not stopped,’ Wickremesinghe said.
Wickremesinghe further said that the Central Bank had sent cheques from Standard Chartered Bank to the CID in 2015 for examination and that the CID is still conducting investigations.
‘There is evidence in some cases and evidence had not yet surfaced in others. Investigations have not stopped.’