Ajith P. Perera writes to PCoI Denies conversing with Aloysius

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By 2017-11-21

BY KAVINDYA CHRIS THOMAS

Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera has written to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI), probing the Central Bank Treasury Bonds auctions, denying conversing with Perpetual Treasuries Limited owner Arjun Aloysius.

His counsel, writing to the Fact Finding Commission, yesterday (20), in response to the recent Criminal Investigation Department findings, which revealed apparent communication between five MPs including Ministers with Aloysius during the ongoing eighth Committee on Public Enterprise inquiry into the issue.

The Deputy Minister, according to his counsel, has been vilified in the mass media over the issue, aninvolvement he has since denied.

Accordingly, his counsel noted that Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, who led the evidence on 16 December, had failed to lead evidence on or present to the Commission, material particulars relating to the telephone calls, including the time duration of the calls. Furthermore, he noted that the Deputy Minister had not been given an opportunity to be heard before the Commission as well.

Meanwhile, counsel M. A. Sumanthiran appearing for former Employees Provident Fund Officer S. Pathumanapan, claimed that his client had been interdicted based on the evidence that was filed last week before the Commission.

Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera objected to Sumanthiran's claims.

Making an unexpected appearance on the final day of the Commission, counsel Sumanthiran claimed that the evidence that was marked previously was done so in violation of natural justice. In doing so, his client had been interdicted from service at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, where he is currently employed. He accused the Commission of ordering the interdiction.

However, the Commission denied issuing such an order.

Counsel Sumanthiran was advised by the Commission to take matters up with the Central Bank's Human Resources management since the Commission cannot take responsibility for a decision that was based on the evidence that was filed. Accordingly, the counsel was asked to make written submissions with regard to his objections to the Commission as well.

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