Treasury bond scams fallout lesson to all–JO



JO/SLPP spokesman Dallas Alahapperuma yesterday acknowledged the need to take remedial measures and examine corruption charges against the previous administration, He said so while referring to the fallout of the treasury bond scams involving Perpetual Treasuries Limited. The former minister said that any wrongdoing couldn’t be justified under any circumstances and treasury bond scams outcome was a lesson to all political parties and politicians.

Alahapperuma said so when The Island sought an explanation as regards a spate of corruption charges and other allegations that had been directed at the previous administration. The Island pointed out that though those accused hadn’t been found guilty by a court of law serious accusations were yet to be answered.

Addressing the media at Dr. N.M. Perera Centre, Alahapperuma referred to several incidents and individuals who had brought disrepute to the previous government. He said that those troublemakers were now with the SLFP in the yahapalana government.

The Island, interrupted the JO spokesman to point out that the explanation was sought on high profile allegations such as the controversial appointment of the then first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s brother, Nishantha Wickremasinghe as Chairman of national carrier Sri Lankan, now in severe financial difficulties. Alahapperuma said that the government had three years to prove the charges.

Meanwhile, President Sirisena yesterday issued letters of appointment to members of the Commission of Inquiry to probe Sri Lankan, Mihin Lanka and catering Service. Retired Supreme Court judge Anil Exoneration heads the team. Other members are retired Court of Appeal judge, E.A.P.R Amarasekera,

retired HC judge Piyasena Ranasinghe and retired Deputy Auditor General M.D.A. Harold.


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