Highly vocal anti-corruption activist and well-known public litigant Nihal Sri Ameresekere has remained surprisingly silent on charges that he wrangled a Rs 100 million ‘urgent’ overdraft from the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) using powerful connections in the Treasury.
Ameresekere, told the BoC that the Treasury owed him money and therefore he would be able to repay the amount within a month is yet to do so, according to a complaint filed by Western Provincial Councillor Asanka Ranwala with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption and with the Financial Crimes Investigation Department.
Ranwala claims that the transaction took place in early December 2014. Ameresekere, at the time, secured and submitted a ‘no-objection’ letter to the BoC signed by S.R. Attygalle, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, where Attygalle alluded to an imminent ‘final settlement’ in favor of Ameresekere that would enable repayment.
Colombo Telegraph wrote to Amarasekera requesting clarification on this issue. Strangely, Ameresekere, who on occasion emails submissions to Colombo Telegraph, is yet to repond to the questions.
Amaresekere, in fact, sent such an article Colombo Telegraph as recently as the 1st of December 2015. Interestingly, it is titled ‘Mega Corruption Everywhere — Real Action Nowhere‘