30 September, 2020

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We Are Not Protecting Arjuna Mahendran: UNP’s COPE Member Ajith P. Perera

Amidst allegations that the UNP MPs in the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) were attempting to safeguard ex-Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera today flatly denied the allegations, while assuring that Mahendran’s role in the alleged Treasury Bond scandal will be taken up for discussion on Thursday during the COPE meeting.

“This is 100% wrong. We are not safeguarding him,” Perera told the Colombo Telegraph.

When questioned as to why during Monday’s meeting action was only recommended against Mahendran’s son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and not against Mahendran, Perera said, “We are taking issue by issue. On Monday, we discussed the issue in relation to Perpetual Treasuries, and during Thursday’s meeting we will discuss Arjuna Mahendran’s role.”ajith-p-perera

Ajith P Perera – Photo via Facebook Ajith P Perera

Perera also said that there was a strong likelihood that the UNP report will be finalized as the final report to be presented to Parliament instead of the report that was signed by COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti last week. “Ours is a better report, in comparison to the other report,” Perera said.

In his report, Handunneththi had ruled that Mahendran was directly responsible for the 2015 and 2016 Treasury Bond scams, which resulted in the country losing Rs. 1.6 billion. Handunnetti had also called for action against Mahendran, as well as recommended an investigation against Perpetual Treasuries Limited, for recording a profit of Rs. 5.1 billion for the year that ended March 2016.

On Monday, an angry Handunneththi walked out of a COPE meeting in protest against the UNP MPs after them of working in a manner to protect Mahendran and also accusing the UNP MPs in COPE of trying to intimidate the Auditor General after he made a statement implicating Mahendran in the bond scam.

During Monday’s meeting, the UNP MPs had ruled that Aloysius and other directors at Perpetual Treasuries were responsible for the controversial bond scam at Central Bank.

However, a political source pointed out that before focusing on Perpetual Treasuries, the UNP MPs should have first focused on Mahendran and then followed up on Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries. “Perpetual Treasuries received an undue advantage from Central Bank, and that is Mahendran’s doing, so ideally, they should have focused on Mahendran before focusing on his son-in-law,” he said.

Meanwhile, good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne today questioned the Speaker and Members of Parliament if they were bound by the directions of the party whip, the party and its leader’s directions and desires, or instead should they exercise their rights as a member of Parliament bound by their conscience and the social contract they have with the voters.

“Please reflect for a moment on the Oath of Office you took in entering Parliament as a member. You swore to uphold the Constitution of Sri Lanka on that occasion. You are aware that by article 3 of the Constitution, the sovereignty is vested in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise. You are thus duty bound as persons elected by the exercise of the people’s franchise, to function as members of Parliament and safeguard the inalienable sovereignty of the people; govern safeguarding the primary interests of the nation and its people; and safeguard the fundamental rights of the people. This is a supplemented by the social Contract you have entered in to with the people upon your election,” Jayaratne reminded in his open appeal. ( By Munza Mushtaq )

Related posts:

Exclusive: Bond Scam; Full Text Of Interim Report Of COPE Inquiry – DEW Report

Exclusive: COPE Says Arjuna Mahendran Is GUILTY In Bond Scam – Handuneththi Report

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    NAK SEEMS TO KNOW EVERYTHING IN ADVANCE. RATHER THAN COMMENTING FOR CT WHY NOT TAKE A CONSULTANT ROLE FOR COPE. OH GOD YOU SUCK!!!

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    “We Are Not Protecting Arjuna Mahendran:”

    we all know that,but then whom are you protecting? was he a front man only?

  • 3
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    Will the Vellala Party Leader Sambandan stoop to the same level as Batalanada Ranil, Ajith and 6 Million Senasinghe to white wash the Singaporean.

    And let him off he hook to go sailing with the SIL with the LKR 5.1 Billion of Yahapalana suckers PAYE Tax.

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    MR PERERA you are such a con artist , why can’t you have to courage to tell MR not so clean that there is something wrong with this whole deal. You lot are so greedy for power that you will lie through your teeth to suck up to MR CLEAN

  • 2
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    Then what are you trying to do? you stupid politicians of Mr Rogue Ranil no one believes your shit.the whole country knows what is happening but sadly BOORUWAS OF MR JOKER/MR ROGUE semms to be unaware,

  • 2
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    Ha ha… and pigs fly😂😂😂

  • 1
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    Correct it to say `We are not protecting` Mahendran the rogue but RANIL.

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    The COPE is being Poked by Ajith perera, Sujeewa Senasinghe & that nicompoop PhD holder Harsha.

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    We know it sir! You are trying to protect Mr. Clean; aren’t you?

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    I voted for this government but I must congratulate the JVP for their tenacity and perseverance to ensure fairness for the people- in a way it is they who are ensuring good governance for the people which this government is failing miserably to uphold.

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    Its all looking like a replay of the Rajapakse regime which I hated so much. Where does the common man like me go for respite when everything seems to be failing in our country. Definitely not to the polls as elections keep electing dishonest people at the top. How can the judiciary, bribery commissions, police etc implement the law on the common man when their leaders fail to set examples. Children follow parents, students follow teachers, a team follows its captain, and the masses follow politicians.

    God help Sri Lanka. We have no one to turn to. It’s better to have the British return and rule us than these morons.

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