Rahuman says Yahapalana govt has set an example


By Dasun Edirisinghe

Present yahapalana government had set an example by forwarding a COPE report to the Attorney General to take legal action for the first time in history, UNP Colombo District Parliamentarian Mujibar Rahuman said yesterday.

Addressing the media at the Government Information Department, MP Rahuman said there were several COPE reports that ended in the dustbin under the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa government without taking any action on those recommendations.

He said with the House approval Speaker Karu Jayasuriya would forward the COPE recommendations on the alleged bond scams in the Central Bank for necessary action.

Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and then Minister D. E. W. Gunasekera worked as COPE chairman under Rajapaksa government, Rahuman said adding however that no action was taken against those responsible for misappropriation of public funds as revealed by the reports issued under their Chairmanship.

He alleged that the former President forced MP Rajapakshe to resign from the Chairmanship of COPE, but he denied at that time. Because of that the ex-president postponed Parliament and appointed Minister Gunasekera to the post.

State Minister of Highways Dilan Perera during the parliament debate on the COPE report had said many high rankers in the previous government pressured COPE chairman to resign his post, Rahuman said.

Commenting on a rally organised by the Joint Opposition in Nugegoda today, the Colombo District MP said it was just another rally organised by corrupt politicians of the previous government who were dreaming of forming a Rajapaksa government.

Rahuman said in every previous rally, they had boasted they would come to power, but it would not happen.

Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Thushara Indunil Amarasena also spoke at the media conference.

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