Colombo Telegraph

Joint Opposition To Meet Speaker Next Week Over COPE Report; Mahendran Claims He Has Not Fled

The Joint Opposition will meet Speaker Karu Jayasuriya next week to request for a debate on the COPE report which was submitted to Parliament on Friday.

Arjuna Mahendran

Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena confirmed to the Colombo Telegraph that they are awaiting Jayasuriya’s arrival from Geneva to meet him.

The group is scheduled to meet Jayasuriya on Monday at Parliament to request for a debate on the COPE report with regard to the Treasury Bond scandal.

Jayasuriya is in Geneva, leading the Sri Lankan delegation at the Inter Parliamentary Union.

Soon after the COPE report on the Central Bank Treasury Bond was presented to Parliament, the Joint Opposition requested for a special debate on the report on grounds that the scam was the largest fraud in the history of Central Bank.

Meanwhile, Arjuna Mahendran has denied allegations that he has fled the country. In a Facebook post on his official page, Mahendran said that he is currently overseas on a ‘private tour’ and he hopes to return to Sri Lanka soon.

On Friday, Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Sunil Handunneththi presented the 55 page COPE report on the Central Bank Treasury Bond to Parliament. The COPE comprises of 26 members out of which 15 members had extended their support to the report by Handunneththi without footnotes, while 9 members, all who were UNP members, had supported the report provided certain ‘footnotes’ were added to the report.

The COPE Members who supported the report the report without any footnotes were; Sunil Handunneththi, Rauff Hakeem, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Lakshman Seneviratne, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Anura Dissanayake, Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Bimal Rathnayake, Veerakumara Dissanayake, M. A. Sumanthiran, Nalinda Jayatissa and Gnanamuttu Srinesan. The UNP MPs who extended support to the report subsequent to insisting that footnotes be included in the report were; Ravindra Samaraweera, Sujeewa Senasinghe, Wasantha Aluvihara, Harsha de Silva, Ajith P Perera, Ashok Abeysinghe, Abdullah Mahroof, Hector Appuhamy and Harshana Rajakaruna.

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