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Jan 23, 2017

‘President disapproves of Mahendran’s holding positions’ Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena totally disapproves of Arjun Mahendran’s continuing to hold positions in the Central Bank even after removal as its governor over serious accusations, says Shiral Lakthilake, coordinating secretary to the president.

Lakthilake responded to questions raised by BBC Sandeshaya over a charge by Anti Corruption Front that Mahendran was still advising the CB at its meetings at the finance ministry.

ACF consultant Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said they appreciated the appointment of a presidential commission to inquire into the CB bond issue.

However, he alleged the ex-governor was still attending meetings at the finance ministry under the chairmanship of his successor Dr. Indrajit Coomeraswamy.

Mahendran gives advice to the governor on what action the CB’s monetary board should take, according to Tennakoon.

Traditional applicable to Mahendran too

Referring to this, Lakthilake said they too, have received information in that regard.

As a former public servant, the tradition to staying away from responsibilities pending an investigation is applicable to Mahendran too, he noted.

Asked if Mahendran would be prevented from attending the meetings in the future, he said it was up to the finance minister and the prime minister to do so as per the 19th amendment.

When contacted for a comment, minister karunanayake said he was busy and asked to call later.

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