Ravi charged with giving false evidence before presidential bond commission


By A.J.A. Abeynayake

The CID yesterday charged former Finance Minister and UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake in the Colombo Magistrate’s Court with giving false evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry which probed the bond scams.

The CID had sought the advice of the Attorney General on the issue.

Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama told court that the CID had conducted thorough investigations. The Counsel told Court that the CEO of Perpetual Treasuries Kasun Palisena, Steve Samuel, Personal Assistant of the Head of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius, B.J.R. Sinnaiah, a Director of a company owned by Ravi Karunanayake and Ravi Karunanayale himself had given false evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.

The Senior State Counsel said Karunanayake had lied before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry by claiming that he had no connections with the owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius officially or privately.

The Counsel told court that the former Finance Minister had lied by claiming that he never contacted a person named Jagath Wijesuriya with regard to obtaining a penthouse; he never obtained a penthouse at the Monarch apartment complex in Kollupitiya from Walt and Row, a subsidiary of Perpetual Treasuries owned by Arjun Aloysius and he didn’t know about such a company.

Counsel Girihagama said that though Karunanayake denied that Rs.12.5 million had been paid by Walt and Row for the penthouse he occupied at the Monarch, the investigations conducted by the CID had proved Karunanayake had lied.

The Senior State Counsel said that statements would be obtained from Karunanayake’s wife Mela, his daughter Onella, Arjun Aloysius, B.J. R. Sinniah and Sumathipala Udugamasuriya, who functioned as the Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.

Considering a request made by the Investigating officers, Chief Magistrate Colombo Ranga Dissanayake granted permission to the CID to obtain details of telephone conversations from six telecommunication companies.

The Court called for details of bank transactions of Global Transportation and Logistics, a company owned by Karunanayake during the period January 2, 2015 and August 2, 2017 and also details of the particular company’s board of directors.

The court ordered Walt and Row Co. to provide details of all transactions it had had with Ravi Karunanayake and members of his family.

The Magistrate ordered the CID to inform court of the progress of the investigations, on September 28.

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