The United National Party states it backs implementing the recommendations in the report by the Presidential commission investigating the treasury bond scam.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in a special statement yesterday, said that the commission report refers to the allegation against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding the payment of rent for the penthouse apartment belonging to the Aloysius Family.
He said that Karunanayake was responsible for that and recommended that the Government should take necessary action against Karunanayake under the section of bribery and corruption and further legal action under the penal codes for giving false evidence at the Commission.
The report also recommends that, the legal action against relevant persons and officials who are responsible for the fraud including Perpetual Treasuries Limited, Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palihena be taken.
He further said that according to the report by the commission, the former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had leaked sensitive inside information.
President Sirisena also said that the public suffered a loss of 11.5 billion rupees as a result of the treasury bond deal, adding that Perpetual Treasuries had made profits of over 11,145 million rupees.
Following this, UNP member of Parliament Ajith P. Perera told British media that the report clears allegations raised against Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in the scam.
He said the UNP also backs the recommendation that legal action be taken against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius.
Sources : news24
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