Jan 04, 2018

‘Govt. should resign immediately’

The national movement for the protection of consumer rights has demanded the government took responsibility over the Central Bank bond scam and resigned office immediately.

In a statement, the movement says it is the prime minister who has enrolled, to the CB, those responsible for the scam and also allowed the bank to be victimized.

The money lost from the scam should be recovered and the people given concessions, it says.

The statement says it has now been proven that public money had been swindled for a handful to lead luxurious lives while the people are suffering.

Ranil PCOIThe PM at the commission inquiry
However, the UNP says the commission has concluded that prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had done nothing wrong, and that his responsibility in the appointment of Arjun Mahendren as the governor of the Central Bank was proper.

UNP deputy general secretary Ajith P. Perera has told BBC Sinhala Service that his party approved of the commission recommendation that legal action should be initiated against Karunanayake, Arjun Aloysius and other accused.

The joint opposition wants the commission’s recommendations made public immediately, and its report placed before them or parliament.

 Commission report should be made public

Meanwhile, JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena has told BBC Sinhala Service that sending the report to the attorney general alone would not suffice. DineshGunawardena 600px 16 11 26

He said whatever the commission concluded, appointing Mahendran, a non-citizen, to the country’s key financial body, was a serious wrong.

UNP deputy general secretary Perera refuted it, claiming many countries have appointed foreigners to head their central banks.

He also said that it was not wrong for the PM’s having placed his trust in officials under him, since he had no understanding of most confidential matters of the CB that came to light at the commission.

When asked if he agreed with the recommendation that bond issues since 2008 should be investigated, Gunawardena said most incidents that took place from the time of J.R. Jayewardene could be investigated if needed.

If the government fails to publicize the commission report, the UNP as well as the entire cabinet should take responsibility, said the JO leader.

Attempts to contact Karunanayake for comments failed.