A senior Government Minister on Monday declared that controversial Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, whose term will end this month, will not be replaced and he will continue to serve as the Governor for a second term.
Minister of University Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference in Colombo, “I am not responsible for his appointment, but I don’t think he will be removed.”
He added that although there were various allegations thrown at Mahendran, none of them have been proved so far, hence there was no need to remove him from the current position of Governor.
Both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are scheduled to meet next week to discuss the future of Mahendran, who is currently embroiled in several bond scams, among other allegations.
Meanwhile, a group calling themselves the Global Sri Lankan Forum is collecting signatures to send out an online petition to President Sirisena urging him not to re-appoint Mahendran as the Governor of Central Bank.
The Anti Corruption Front, along with several other organisations have organised an event titled ‘Remove Arjuna Mahendran’ on June 15 at the Public Library in Colombo. The speakers at the event include Ulapane Sumangala Thera, Sarath Wijesuriya, Chandra Jayaratne, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri and Keerthi Tennakoon.