Feb 24, 2017

Here’s the gazette notification with Mahinda’s signature Featured

The Anti Corruption Front has made public a gazette notification issued by former president and finance minister Mahinda Rajapaksa with regard to a controversial Central Bank bond issue.

It the gazette is genuine, what has transpired is quite astonishing.

That gazette was published on 01 January 2015, and the then finance minister knew the true value of the bond issue on 01 March as Rs. 10,058 million, and its interest rate as 12.5 per cent.

The ACF says according to information, the gazette had been published after Rajapaksa left office by using a number the CB got allotted in the beginning of the year 2015.

The CB sent it for publication in September 2015, when Rajapaksa was only an MP for Kurunegala and the finance minister at the time was Ravi Karunanayake.

Those who had aided the bond scam still hold top positions in the CB and are trying to use this gazette notification to implicate Rajapaksa, says the ACF.

Commission suspends hearings

Finance secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga arrives to give evidence before the presidential commission

Meanwhile, chairman of the presidential commission inquiring into the CB bond scam, Supreme Court judge K.T. Chitrasiri ordered a suspension of its deliberations until February 27.

That was when finance secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga was giving evidence and the controversial gazette notification was submitted for perusal.

Chitrasiri said a statement should immediately be recorded from the government printer regarding the gazette notification, after which further evidence would be recorded.

The commission noted that it should be verified as to when the gazette notification was printed and if Rajapaksa, as the finance minister, had actually signed the document.

When state counsel Dr. Avanthi Perera produced a copy of the document to Dr. Samaratunga, he said he was unaware of such a document, stressing that he had not been the finance secretary at the time mentioned.

The chairman ordered the finance secretary to appear before the commission on February 27.

Given below is the gazette notification in question: