Nov 09, 2016

Committee probes 5 matters pertaining to bond issue Featured

A three-member committee of lawyers appointed to look into possible legal action with regard to the COPE report into the Central Bank bond issue is pursuing its duties along five key matters, says attorney general Jayantha Jayasuriya.

The committee is investigating the procedure undertaken for the bond issue and to see if the government has incurred a loss from the bond issue.

Also, if there are legal questions arising with regard to the issued bonds, if officials or the private sector has committed acts tantamount to criminal responsibility and if there are any legal issues that require legal action, are the other matters under consideration.

The prime minister’s office has referred to the AG the COPE and audit reports into the CB bond issue.

Speaker’s permission

However, only half of the 20-odd annexures have been received, while the statements given need to be looked into or copies obtained.

The AG will seek the speaker’s permission to get these requirements fulfilled.

The AG-appointed committee comprises a deputy solicitor general, a senior advocate and a state counsel.

Another complaint

Meanwhile, the Anti corruption Front yesterday (08) lodged a complaint with the Bribery Commission seeking an immediate investigation into the CB bond issue and those responsible brought to book.

It was UPFA general secretary, minister Mahinda Amaraweera who lodged the first complaint to the commission regarding this matter.