Bribery Commission asked to forward its findings on bond scam

The Campaign for Free and fair Elections (CaFFE) has asked the Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe to forward its findings on the first controversial treasury bond auction to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In a letter to the Director General, the CaFFE has stated that it believes that the investigation that the CIABOC carried out is the only comprehensive professional inquiry so far conducted on controversial bond issues for the following reasons:

It gathered evidence from each and every individual separately on confidential basis so that all officers were comfortable in expressing their views frankly without suppressing any information, all evidence collected was cross-examined and accuracy and consistency of statements were verified, all available video footage and voice recordings were obtained for the investigation, there were no directions or guidance given by the management to the officers of the Central Bank on how to provide information at the inquiry because Governor Mahendran took leave from the office during this period and the inquiring officers were very experienced officers in conducting this type of inquiries and they were equally professional in their conduct.

"During the meetings we have had with representatives of the Commission, you have insisted the need of prevention. The controversy regarding the Central Bank is one of the most discussed topics in Sri Lanka and if you can hand over a report stemming from your investigation to all relevant stakeholders it will not only enlighten and deepen the debate but will also act as a deterrent for those who engage in corruption. Thus we kindly request you again to consider our plea," CaFFE executive director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said in the letter.

He has said the tenure of the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is to end on June 30 and the President is to appoint a new Central Bank Governor on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

"We think that if the CIABOC can present their findings to the two leaders, they can make more informed decisions," Tennakoon said.

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