UNP wants Cabraal, his sister, Mahinda summoned before bond probe commission


by Saman Indrajith

UNP yesterday demanded to know why former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal or his sister Shiromi Wickremasinghe had not been summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the bond issues.

UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe, speaking at the Parliamentary debate yesterday pointed out that the PCoI, would need the help of informed advisors as it had so far failed to summon the most relevant witnesses. 

Cabraal’s sister Shiromi Wickremasinghe was a director at Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. The names of former CB Governor Cabraal and his sister had also been implicated in the treasury bonds allegations, Prof. Marasinghe said.

UNP MP Nalin Bandara supporting Marasinghe’s position said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was the Finance Minister when Perpetual Treasures was set up, should also be summoned before the PCoI if former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was summoned. 

"Those in the AG’s Department have not been able to verify the signature of the former Defence Minister for two long years. How can we believe in their competency to handle these investigations? A large number of files have been sent to the AG’s Department after completing investigations. The AG’s Department should expedite investigations into them," Prof. Marasinghe said.

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