Nov 02, 2016

Inquiry unnecessary against PM - SLFP Featured

The SLFP says an inquiry is unnecessary against prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the Central Bank bond issue.

The party’s central committee that met on October 31 to elaborate on the COPE report into the issue did not discuss any action against the PM, said SLFP minister Dayasiri Jayasekara.

Speaking to the media in Colombo yesterday (01), Jayasekara said the PM’s having sent the COPE report to the attorney general for appropriate action made it clear he had no intention of protecting corrupt officials.

The SLFP has appointed a committee headed by Nimal Siripala de Silva study the report and present a report to the president, he also said.

Other members of the committee are John Seneviratne, Faizer Mustafa, Dilan Perera, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

Presidential commission?

Meanwhile, UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said at a media briefing in Colombo yesterday that appointing a presidential commission on the CB bond issue would depend on the recommendations of the committee headed by Nimal Siripala de Silva.

That is because one group wants legal action taken against those cited in the COPE as being in the wrong, while another wants a presidential commission appointed.

Amaraweera added the committee would submit its report before the end of the year.