Mahendran’s Counsel submits letter purportedly from FM without date

Bond scam probe


by Shyam Nuwan Ganewatte and Sarath Dharmasena

When the sittings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the alleged bond scam resumed yesterday the head of the team of counsels assisting the Commission from the Attorney General’s Department, Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera PC brought to the notice of the Commission a document submitted to it by the Counsel looking after the interests of the main suspect former Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

The document was an undated letter, which the defence claimed was issued by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to the Central Bank Governor.

The Commission said though the letter was addressed to the Central Bank Governor his name was not mentioned in it.

Senior Additional Solicitor General Livera questioned the authenticity of the letter as it was undated.

At this juncture Defence Counsel Chanaka de Silva asked Dappula de Livera PC whether he accused him (de Silva) of telling a lie.

Livera replied saying as the letter was sans a date he should know what it was.

Chanaka de Silva: If necessary the Minister could be summoned.

Justice Prasanna Jayawardena: Will you make a request to the Minister concerned.

Chanaka de Silva: No. I will not.

The issue about the letter arose when Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe brought to the notice of the Commission that there was no date on the letter.

When Dr Weerasinghe raised the question Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera whispered to the defence counsel De Silva as to whether he (De Silva) obtained the letter the previous night.

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