Colombo Telegraph

Vasu Wants Police To Move On Defrauding Govt Monies Complaints Lodged Almost Two Years Ago

Vasudeva Nanayakkara, MP, has written to IGP Pujith Jayasundara and other relevant senior Police officers requesting action on complaints made by him regarding the defrauding of government monies. Nanayakkara has brought to the attention of the Police a letter dated 28.6.2017 addressed by the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Order, Jagath P Wijeweera to the Senior DIG Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) which refers to his (Nanayakkara’s complaint dated 11.10.2016)

Vasudeva Nanayakkara

Nanayakkara’s complaint points to several cases of defrauding large scales of public monies established before the Supreme Court, which had ordered prosecution by the law enforcement authorities. He claims that while prominence has been given to similar allegations made more recently, the Police has failed to act on his complaints.

The cases referred to include the Water’s Edge affair and the Lanka Marine Services case where former president Chandrika Kumaratunga and her close associates are implicated.

The full text of his letter is as follows:

BY COURIER

5th July 2018

Mr. Pujith Jayasundara

Inspector General of Police

Police Headquarters

Colombo 1.

 

Mr. D.W.R.D. Seneviratna

DIG – CID

Criminal Investigation Department

Colombo 1.

 

Mr. Ravindra Waidyalankara

Senior DIG

Financial Crime Investigation Division

Chatham Street

Colombo 1.

 

Mr. Sarath Jayamanne

Director General

Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption

36, Malalasekera Mawatha

Colombo 7.  

Request for Conducting Investigations in Relation to Defrauding Government Monies 

I attach a copy of Letter dated 28.6.2017 which is almost one year ago addressed by the Secretary, Ministry of Law & Order. Mr. Jagath P. Wijeweera to the Senior DIG, Financial Crimes Investigation Division, which had been upon my attached Complaint dated 11.10.2016, with copies of relevant Documents. 

This refers to several Cases of defrauding large scales of public monies established before the Supreme Court, which had ordered to prosecute by the law enforcement authorities.   

Whilst clearly for political reasons prominence is given to recent similar allegations, my Complaint which was established by Supreme Court findings of illegal and fraudulent misappropriation of public funds remains without any action. 

1. Water’s Edge Case in which some of the persons involved are former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her close friends Ronnie Peiris and Sumal Perera who colluded in doing the deal  with others.

2. Lanka Marine Service Case where Colombo Port Oil Facility Sale was found fraudulent with main parties involved being former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, John Keells Directors particularly Susantha Ratnayake and others and then BOI Chairman Arjuna Mahendran. 

In the above Case Tax Holidays had been given by the then BOI Chairman Arjuna Mahendran for John Keells for the purchase of Lanka Marine Service Ltd., which had been held out as a new investment which was not the case. Supreme Court cancelled the BOI Approval and directed Inland Revenue Authorities to recover income taxes. 

Interesting aspect is that fraud committed by Arjuna Mahendran, who is now involved in the Bond Scam, was disclosed by me in the Supreme Court, regardless of which, Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had appointed him against the President’s wishes, as Governor, Central Bank. 

Significantly, the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had forced the Chairman SLPA to sign the Agreement on the Sale of this Government property which he had signed two weeks after the others had signed. Copies of SLPA Board Minutes in this regard had been produced by my Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran, Attorney-at-Law and the Attorney General had confirmed their authenticity. 

President Chandrika Kumaratunga had signed the Sale Instrument of the Port Land for Rs. 1,199 Mn., whilst Treasury had confirmed to COPE that no such monies had been received, making such Grant Instrument fraudulent. In any case Port Authority Land could not be sold and therefore the Supreme Court annulled the same. 

3. Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation privatisation was annulled as a result of the Case I had instituted in the Supreme Court in Case No. 158/2007 where valuable public assets were appropriated by a fraudulent transaction. 

Main parties involved were Distilleries Consortium, Harry Jayawardene, Aitkens Spence Rajan Brito, Auditors Ernst & Young and Consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Technical Evaluation Committee had permitted parties not evaluated to be included in the bidding process, and later it had been sold to different parties, one company incorporated in Gibraltar, controlled by Harry Jayawardene. 

Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe had been a Respondent in my Action and in fact he had opposed such action to recover the fraudulently misappropriated valuable national asset of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, to which he now makes political appointees. 

4. I also included a Complaint against President Chandrika Kumaratunga for misappropriating public monies over Rs. 600 Mn., the day before the Presidential Election which had been promptly stopped by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Relevant papers had been included. The names of the parties involved are disclosed in the Documents. 

5. I value the above properties fraudulently appropriated at around more than Rs. 200 Bn. 

6. I am surprised that even the Attorney General has neglected to take any action despite Supreme Court Directives.  

Vasudeva Nanayakkara M.P. 

cc: His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena

Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister of Law & Order 

Mr. Padmasiri Jayamanna, Secretary, Ministry of Law & Order

Hon. Jayantha Jayasuriya, Attorney General

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