Jun 19, 2020

Social media in an uproar over Mahindananda's revelations Featured

Two recent statements by former sports minister - Mahindananda Aluthgamage had caused an uproar in social media.

Aluthgamage had said that the 2011 World Cup final held between Sri Lanka and India at the Wankade Stadium was fixed. India bagged the world cup after winning the match by 06 wickets.

The then captain and vice captain of the team - Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena as well as cricketer - Thilan Samaraweera, former MPs Mangala Samaraweera and Namal Rajapaksa were amongst the many who had responded to this.

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Our faction also benefited from COPEMeanwhile, speaking to 'Newsfirst', Mr. Aluthgamage had made another startling revelation yesterday (18), stating that people from his faction had also benefited financially from the infamous Central Bank bond scam in 2015.

“There are people from our side as well who took money from Arjuna Mahendran,” Aluthgamage said during the Newsline programme on News 1st.
Noting that the Rajapaksas too, were aware of this,  and that the ruling faction would recommence the investigations in due course.
He pointed out that only the owners of companies were punished over the scam and that legal action is yet to be taken against several other perpetrators over the massive fraud.

The bond scam, that had taken place during the Good Governance government in 2015, had caused millions of losses to the government during the tenure of Arjuna Mahendran as central bank governor.

“Aloysius called many people who were in the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) who later wrote books as well. All of them took money from Aloysius,” the former minister noted.

Arjun Aloysius is one of the key suspects linked to the scam.

Aluthgamage alleged that out of the six members in the COPE out of which four had taken bribes.

He further claimed that the investigations into the scam had been shut down by the former police chief.