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Jan 23, 2017

Arjun Mahendran still attends Finance ministry meetings!

The Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) states that former governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran is still attending meetings at the Finance ministry.

In a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, the ACF stated that Mahendran is a regular attendee of the meeting the Finance Minister holds every Tuesday and Thursday with Governor of the Central Bank Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary to the Treasury, and R. Paskaralingam, Advisor to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and advises Coomaraswamy on decisions that should be taken by the Monetary Board.

They urge the President to prevent Mahendran from attending these meetings.

The complete letter of the ACF is shown below :

His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena,

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,

President's Secretariat,

Colombo 01.

January 23, 2016

Your Excellency,

Regarding Arjuna Mahendran acting as an advisor to the Finance Ministry

We are extremely grateful of your decision to appoint a 'Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry this week to investigate the Central Bank bond issue and recommend actions.' However former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran, who faces serious allegations regarding the controversial Treasury bond scam, currently acts as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance on the Central Bank.


Mahendran is a regular attendee of the meeting the Finance Minister holds every Tuesday and Thursday with Governor of the Central Bank Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary to the Treasury, and R. Paskaralingam, Advisor to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs. When Coomaraswamy was appointed Governor of the Central Bank this meeting was held each Monday and Thursday at 5 pm on July, August and September. The dates later changed to Tuesday and Thursday and the last meeting was held on January 6, 2017 at 11 am.


During that meeting Mahendran advised Coomaraswamy on the decisions that should be taken by the Monetary Board, which is a violation of the Banking Act.

This is a disastrous situation and we believe that you must show your commitment to good governance by action and not by mere words.


Your Excellency, if Mahendran is still in a position to advise and influence the Monetary Board, the people of Sri Lanka will surely think that the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry which you will appoint will be another ploy to buy time. Thus we sincerely believe that you would immediately prevent Mahendran from communicating with the Treasury as a coordinator to the Ministry of Finance.


Yours sincerely,


Ven Ulapone Sumangala Thera,                       Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon,

Chairman - ACF                                                    Advisor - ACF

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