31 October, 2020

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Multi-Million Dollar Krrish Deal Haunts Namal

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa is coming under increasing pressure from the FCID, this time over the controversial multi-million dollar Krrish deal. Namal, who was summoned to the FCID on Thursday, was interrogated for several hours where he was accused of pocketing between Rs. 70 to 100 million from the deal.

Namal Rajapaksa

Namal Rajapaksa

Speaking to reporters, Namal, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, “today they have found a new issue. First it was about a murder, then it was about money laundering, and now they are questioning me about a certain company that sponsored the Carlton rugby super sevens tournament,” he said.

He however did not explicitly mention the FCID grilled him over the Krrish deal. “They didn’t even know the exact amount; they asked if I had taken money, somewhere between 70 to 100 million. I told them I never did any such thing,” he added.

The US$ 650 million Krrish Tower project which was initiated during former President Rajapaksa’s period has been marred with controversy with allegations of secret payoffs to several VIPs in the country at that time.

Incidentally the drafting of the agreement was reportedly taken over by N R Associates, the legal firm owned by Namal Rajapaksa.

Before coming to power, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was very vociferous about the controversial project and the alleged corruption hovering over the project. At that time he also openly claimed that Namal Rajapaksa was to receive a commission from the deal. Wickremesinghe has however been very silent about the matter since coming to power.

In 2013, Harsha de Silva, the current deputy foreign minister and the UNP spokesman on economic affairs in a column written to the Colombo Telegraph said that it appeared as if the entire project was a hoax and that Parliament was misled both by the minister and the investor. “We demand that the massive tax breaks granted to this investor be cancelled immediately and an impartial investigation be launched in to what exactly happened. The investigation must find out who were behind this transaction and blacklist all such persons so that hereafter Parliament will not be duped by such fly-by-night operators with connections to high places,” he said.

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    So much money has been stolen by this fake lawyer and his thug family. Let us bring them to justice or send them all off to the Hague. Let the international court deal with these Parapaksa family. While you are shipping these scum bags out of the country, please send a stray dog catcher to catch the following coolies of the Parapaksa regime;
    Dayan, GL, Douglas, Karuna, Wimal and Sumanasekera, David Blacker, Vibushana, Jim Softy, Fathima Fukushima, Vasudeva, Ranawaka. Give them a one way ticket and send them off.

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    he was trying to run before he can walk.Now let him have a good sit down in prison.one of the main contributers to the pops downfall.poppy should either bring up his children properly or not have them at all.

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    Why can’t you leave this poor kid alone. Why all theses unnecessary inquiries? He did what every Srilankan of the day would have done, had he had the opportunity.

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      “He did what every Srilankan of the day would have done, had he had the opportunity”.

      You are quite right. Everyone of us would have done what he and others are doing had we too had the opportunity to be elected as a Parliamentarian.

      If David Cameron the British Prime Minister was to be the Sri Lankan Head of State he too would have done what Rajapakse did (Maithripala is a fool) and if Rajapakse had a chance to become the British Head of State then he would be as decent as any British Head of State!

      The problem is not with the individuals but with the existing system with loops holes in the law, ability for Ministers to directly interfere with the State departments so providing a golden opportunity to steal and get away.

      So the answer is not to change the pillows for your headache but to change the law to accommodate accountability and independence of state departments without political interference but still accountable to their controlling bodies.

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          PROUDMAN

          What was so nasty of your reply to my reply to your original comment to get ‘edited out’?

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            [Edited out]

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              PROUDMAN

              “[Edited out]”

              Thanks for keeping it brief.

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            Proudman’s mother isn’t going to be happy by his foul ranting. He must be one of Jarapassa’s jangi washer.

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          PROUDMAN

          “[Edited out]”

          Thanks for keeping it brief.

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      PROUDMAN

      “He did what every Srilankan of the day would have done, had he had the opportunity.”

      If it is the norm, why does this country spend colossal amount on police, courts, ministry of justice, ……. ? Better to rip the constitution off, burn all the law of the land, ….

      Life will be hunky dory.

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