COPE members communicating with Aloysius Rajitha justifies

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By 2017-11-23

Members of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) have the right to speak to the owner of the Perpetual Treasuries Limited, Arjun Aloysius, to obtain information regarding their inquiries on the controversial bonds transactions, Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

He added, that the controversy regarding the Bonds transactions is a complex issue and only experts on Bonds transactions can really understand the gravity of the matter. "I spoke to three renowned economists and all of them say that this is a very complex issue and......only experts in Bonds transactions know about how this will affect the economy. Thus, technically, there is nothing wrong with COPE Members talking to Aloysius," Senaratne said.

The Minister added that in his opinion the Government should have sought the assistance of international experts on Bonds transactions to investigate the controversy surrounding Perpetual Treasuries. "Such experts would have been a great assistance because most of us don't really understand the whole picture. Those who say the country has lost a trillion of rupees don't know what they are talking about, neither do the people who say that there is no impact," he said.

Dr. Senaratne said that he was against the appointment of Arjuna Mahendran as the Central Bank Governor as he knew that Mahendran would ultimately put the Government in grave danger.

"I knew this would happen. I kept opposing this and I only stopped when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told me that Mahendran would be appointed to an institution under him and that he had the right to appoint those whom he has faith in. I agreed because you need to appoint people you are comfortable with to the institutions under him," he said.

Meanwhile, Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that what matters is not whether a COPE Member has met Aloysius, but the stance someone took on the controversial Bonds transactions and the Perpetual Treasuries. "There were reports that I had two telephone conversations with Aloysius. I had met Aloysius when I was the Chief Minister of North-Western Province and most of the calls that I had received are from that time and that list of calls also includes missed calls. When I came to Parliament on 1 September 2015 and was appointed to COPE, he called me and wanted to meet me. During the meeting Aloysius said that he is innocent and asked for my help and I responded saying that according to the information COPE had evidence which showed that he was guilty," he said.

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