13 December, 2019

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My Wife And Daughters “Don’t Know Politics” – Penthouse Resident Ravi Karunanayake Tells Bond Commission

The nexus between the then Finance Minister and present Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Arjun Aloysius became evident today at the Commission investigating the Bond Scam after the Attorney general read out text messages referring to the Minister.

Despite Karunanayake’s denial at first, his relationship with Arjun Aloysius and then knowledge of the apartment he currently lives in, the Attorney Generals Department derived clear proof of the nexus.

Although initially denied, Karunanayake’s connection with the Sunday Leader was also laid bare at the commission.

Karunanayake first denied that he knew Aloysius in any capacity other than a family friend. Additional Solicitor General Dappula De Livera who questioned Karunanayake asked him what type of relationship he had with Aloysius.

AG:” Was it a personal relationship?”.
RK: No
AG: Was it a official relationship?
RK: No
AG: Was it a business relationship?
RK: No
AG: Then what kind of relationship did you have?
RK: A normal one, like any politician would have with people. You know they call me for jobs and all.

Immediately thereafter De Livera pulled out the file containing the data of Aloysius’ mobile which ran into nearly 8600 pages.

Startling evidence came before the Commission thereafter.

One text message sent by Aloysius’ personal assistant to Aloysius was to obtain the minutes of the Monetary Board meeting, held on the 28th of November 2016.

28 November 2016 – Remind me to ask Hon MP RK to get a copy of the Monetary Board Paper 

Karunanayke was startled and denied knowledge of the message. Thereafter he was asked if he had met with Aloysius and Karunanayake said ‘no’. The AG thereafter read out another text message

1 December 2016 – From Steve Samuel

Good Morning Chairman Hope you had a good meeting with RK. Reminder 1 PM haircut.

According to the data found on Aloysius’s text messages, it has come to light that both Ravi Karunanayake and Arjun Aloysius had both funded the Sunday Leader newspaper soon after the change in governments in 2015.

Another text read To Arjun Aloysius

Social media is a strong weapon these days.Allow us to start our gossip column. We can give a massive support to PM and Hon Ravi K. I am going to cover the cost for two months. 3 to 5 million. Let’s do this boss.

The insinuations were clear, that Karunanayake had met with Aloysius days after the meeting of the monetary board.

Thereafter Karunanayake was questioned as to a letter which was not dated, which was signed by him, and given to Arjun Mahendran. The letter said the government needed Rs 75 Billion for development. It was to justify the Bond Auction.

When Additional Solicitor General wanted to know the reason as to the origin of such a letter the Minister explained the situation he had as the Finance Minister in the beginning of the 2015.

He said that there was an unaccounted debt in balance and an outstanding repayment amounting Rs. 100 billion, when they assumed duties as the new Government in 2015.

The witness said there was a meeting on February 26, 2015 with Malik Samarawickrama and Kabir Hashim over the fund requirement of Rs. 75 billion for road development projects.

The meeting was held prior to the controversial bond auction that took place on February 27, 2015.

When questioned he confirmed that there was no sudden need to raise money in February but the funds were required for the payments in RDA projects.

The witness said Mahendran requested him to send a letter relating to what happened at the February 26, 2015 meeting between the three ministers and thereby he had sent the letter in May 2016.

Karunanayake said the not dating of the letter was an “oversight”. He said Minister Kabir Hashim and Malik Samarawickrama were aware of the letter.

The Attorney Generals also pointed out that Karunanayake and Aloysius had travelled to Singapore and Malaysia at the same time on 13 occasions after June 2015. Karunanayake first said that he never met Aloysius, and thereafter said he must have met him “once” and then said “twice or thrice”.

Regarding the apartment, Karunanayake played complete ignorance. he said that he did not know how the apartment, which he currently lives in at the Monarch residency was paid for.

He said he never asked his wife nor his daughter as to who paid for it. He said that it was not “his business”.

Justice Prasanna Jayawardena said he was amazed that the family could live in a single house and the Minister being the Minster of finance didn’t ask as to how the apartment was paid for.

Karunanayake first said that he came to know about the Aloysius connection with the apartment following Anika Wijesuriya‘s testimony. Later however he admitted that he knew about it since July 2016 when Mahindananda Aluthgamage brought the Penthouse up in parliament.

However, the AG failed to ask Karunanayake as to what he did after the questioning in July. The Penthouse was brought by Karunanayake’s connected company much after July.

Justice Prasanna Jayawardena asked if it was rational to think that his daughters and wife did not know that there would be a conflict of interest by using the money of Aloysius who was already in the middle of the controversy following the Bond auction in 2015.

Karunanayake said his daughters and wife “don’t know politics”.

When asked as to how the funds were raised to purchase the apartment, Karunanayake said that it was through the Company Global Transport Logistics (GTL), of which his wife and daughter are Directors.

Then Jayawardena said that he had gone through the accounts of GTL for the last two years and could not find a single note on the transaction.

Karunanayake further said that there “may be no accounts in any bank for the sum”, after being asked by Jayawardena as to if there was any sort of document to show the transaction.

Jayawardena also said that it was highly unusual for the Minister of Finance to not have known basic norms in such process. He also said that it was unusual for Karunanayake not to be aware of how the house he lived in was bought.

Prasanna Jayawardena, the Commissioner, asked if Karunanayake was aware of how money laundering worked. This was after Karunanayake said that the money for the apartment was given by Lakshmi Kanthan, the Chairman of his company, for which there was no account. Karunanayake said that he trusted the Chairman of the Company to which Jayawardena said that “trusting Chairmans is not a good thing”. he also told Karunanayake that he was a the Finance Minister and should have known how the money was brought in.

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    Only in Srilanka the LAWYERS are called LOWYERS because of their low quality education.
    The code of Professional Ethics of Lawyers are irrelevant for Rogue Lawyers.
    Same as the Professional conduct or code of conduct applies to Medical Profession to practise.

    Srilankan Medical schools and the SL Law colleges were second to none in the past few Decades ago.
    You can only enter into these professions with the required amount of AL Results and the Right kind of attitude to enter these colleges. So the viva before entering was tough too.

    Now it’s all a MISH MASH!!
    No class in the profession just GREED AND POMPOUS ATTITUDE, THEY THINK THEYRE ABOVE GOD!
    This kind of attitude has brought irrevocable damage to these professions.

    For example we see the GREEDY DOCTORS DOING PROFESSIONAL BLUNDERS AS SAME AS THE LAWYERS.
    We can see the ability of the FCID , AG’s Department ect struggling to control each other.
    Unable to pass judgements !! Why ? Why?? Because there are too many people interferes in the profession.
    Law of the country has gone to dogs due to the interference of Professionals and Non Professionals.
    No cases have been resolved for years,
    What the hell is going on President?? You’re not strong either.
    It’s a Cess pitt which had been allowed to Fester for Decades due to lack of LEADERSHIP IN THE COUNTRY.
    COME ON FACE THE REALITY.
    NO LAW ! NO ORDER! NO SOLUTION.
    ITS A THIRD WORLD BANANA REPUBLIC , IT CANNOT BE CHANGED .

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      Analyst.
      Is there a possibility that the FM’s immediate family i.e. wife and daughter are FAKE?

      The FM’s answers are the equivalent of the Donald’s “fake news”.

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    “Another text read To Arjun Aloysius:

    Social media is a strong weapon these days. Allow us to start our gossip column. We can give a massive support to Hon Ravi K. I am going to cover the cost for two months. 3 to 5 million. Let’s do this boss.”

    “It seems Aloysius’s news media connection with Financial Times did another kick back reward to Ravi K as the ‘Best Asian Finance Minister Award’. Beautiful!

    It’s time to check out the connection between Aloysius and editors at Financial Times.

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      Very interesting the relationship between Daily FT and Ravi and also a particular businessman who has dirty dealings !!!

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    “My Wife And Daughters “Don’t Know Politics” – Penthouse Resident Ravi Karunanayake Tells Bond Commission” – reported by CT.
    Some households are run entirely by the housewife – groceries, hiring domestic aides, paying rents or rates etc. Is it possible for the husband not to know as to whether the apartment is rented/owned by the family or not?
    Why not put this question to a jury nominated by the International Bar Association?
    The cases referred to by Richard / August 3, 2017 16:43 may then be pursued.

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      They only know “podi tricks”

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    This chap should be sent home. RW is a spent force he can no longer lead his party or control them.

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      prem

      are you sure of that.In aloysius texts ranil’s name is mentioned as much as ravi’s.

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      not to home. deported to a lonely island.

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    Attorney General, as usual, will not ask any incriminating questions. The case will be dropped gradually for lack of evidence … and we, the people, will go about our business as usual.

  • 12
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    Ravi K should resign immediately if he has any self respect.

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    Credit should go to the honesty and Integrity that had been maintained by the members of the Attorney Generals Department through out the Commission proceedings!!!!! Unbowed and unbiased in placing evidence!!!!!
    SK

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      AG dept: Unbowed? Unbiased?

      Words have lost their meanings.

      The AG dept was sleeping for the past two years!! Where are the cases of Gota and Basil? So many other culprits in the 2005-2014 regime are still not prosecuted!

      AG can sift through 8,000 pages of phone text in a few days and file a case against only one man!

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        Anu.
        Spot on.
        The AG dept is outdated, as well as inefficient and probably corrupt.
        What is needed is a ” total purge”.
        The status quo only promotes the prevalent dilemma.
        There is no statesman locally to “bell the cat”- unfortunately!

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    but knows how to stash ill gotton gains

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    if any single day this criminal hold the position of minister sirisena must removve his white cloth and walks to polonnaruwa for sahem.

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    Who is this ‘RK’?
    Could it be Robert Kennedy? He is no more among the living. What about Rudyard Kipling? Do you think so? I don’t think, there is no one living who could claim that he has seen him alive! What about Raj Kapoor the well-known Indian actor? He said goodbye to this planet during our youth. There are many initials come to my mind of famous people popularly called ‘RK’ eg. Robert Knox, Robert Kelly, Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and many hundred others but I am sure that none of these names was in the intention of the person who created that message to the mysterious ‘RK’. Isn’t it worth having a competition for the public to identify the ‘RK’? I am sure that all will be winners with an accurate guess! I can see you smiling already but not the real ‘RK’!

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    according to him, he himself (RK) is not a beggar. then what definition we can give him. he is not suitable to held any post in the government. most of the politicians are just like him. they are the people who ruin our country n continue to keep more people in poverty. if they do not rob state income, it is more than enough to wash off poverty and give better living standard for all citizens without increasing and imposing any tax but wipe off more than 50% of present taxes. financial information must be collected from every citizen at the end of financial year by the inland revenue department as other developed countries. to rule this we do not need this type of corrupt politicians but a leader like Le Kwan u

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    i thank this commision for calling me because i have now realised that i have a wife and 3 daughters.Earlier due to my very busy shedule i was under the impression i had a wife and two daughters.As i come home only to sleep i rarely see them.I did see onella once in the apartment,but mistook her for one of my daughter’s friends.Thankfully things have been set right because of this commision and family is everything to me and inquiring about this apartment from my family has produced joyous results and we are all one big family of four now,instead of three earlier in my mistaken belief.Thank you Hon gentlemen and dear Attorney general livera,i will never forget you.

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    Is Ravi K joking with the AG and investigators. AG accepting without comments, that this man did not know who paid for his high end flat? This can only happen in SL.
    Look at Israel where the PM is being charged with corruption. Ravi, you are so thick skinned that even the spears that you mentioned cannot harm you!! By answering like this you disrespect law, fool lawyers and treat citizens as shit!

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    why don’t you teach them how to ripped off Sinhalese people that’s the your type of disgusting politics

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    [Edited out] Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

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    Ravi you have been feeding them lavishly with the ill gotten and booty stashed away for a long time. What do you think about us. We are not gullible as you think. We have noticed even lately you (a christian) have started to visit Buddhist temples and trying to pull a fast one on Sinhala Buddhists You are a shameless fellow at least have some decency and dignity so that family can survive this ordeal respectfully.

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    Your wife and daughter don’t know politics but they know tricks

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    This is unbelievable, a finance minister was completely ignorant to the laws of this country, with no hesitation denying or saying i don’t know. He should be sacked forthwith. Why MY3 is silent on this issue? Does he have the guts to send him home. What a shame.

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      MY3 is silence because Ranil is shielding RK.
      Ranil is also covering up the notorious BOND SCAM.

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      Because My3 knew and condoned the the whole process of looting and shared a part of the booty he is silent?

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    CT staff of web browser that want to look-after life interest of Ravi Karunanayke ?
    CT become mouthpiece of RK company interest ?
    May be RK has granted big amount of funding for CT?

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    How can a person who does not know anything and forgets every thing, be fit to hold the positions of Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of a country? He should be seeking medical treatment for his serious lack of memory and dementia. The Sinhala saying ” lajja nethi kama mahamudali kamata wada lokui” should now be changed to ” lajja nethi kama, amathi kamata wada lokui”

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      Chrisanthie: How come I KNOW NOTHING RAVI Stays with that wife and daughter who do not tell anything to him. Now Galle-On Ravi is screwed up because wife bought a house without telling the husband. Even the daughter knows it but not the father. Who knows what else has happened in that house ?

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    I hope very soon the other Rogues in the parliament starting from mahinda maama and family, mahindananda, rohitha, and weerawansa nohoth baluwansa, gammampila ., will be punished and their assets forfeited. Sorry it is not worth using capital letters for these low class rascals.

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