PM objects to Cabraal’s report on bond scam going into Hansard


By Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday objected to a request made by UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, to include a report prepared by former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal on the Central Bank Treasury Bond scam in the Hansard.

Nanayakkara during the Committee Stage Debate of the Appropriation Bill 2019 on ministerial portfolios that comes under Wickremesinghe presented a set of questions for the latter, who was present in the Chamber at the time.

The questions were related to the Prime Minister’s alleged involvement in the controversial bond issue and protecting the tainted former CBSL Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

Nanayakkara said that the Prime Minister could not wash his hands of the issue by saying that he did not know Mahendran’s whereabouts.

"He once told this Parliament that had trust in Mahendran. It is he who brought Mahendran to the CBSL as its Governor. Now how can he say that he does not know whereabouts of Mahendran?"

Nanayakkara said that he wanted to table a report, prepared by Former CBSL Governor Cabraal on the Bond scam which explained the cascading effects of the losses to the country.

Nanayakkara: "Cabraal presented this report to the Bond Commission as well. I want to table this so anyone who is interested can read it."

Wickremesinghe: "Cabral is under investigation right now. You can table the report and no objections to that. But it cannot be included in the Hansard without the House’s approval."

Nanayakkara: "Of course, I want it to be in the Hansard."

Wickremesinghe: "You cannot do it without our approval. As I said Cabraal is under investigation right now. And forensic audit into the Bond Scam is being done as well. You can table it and keep it in Parliament’ library. If you have any official documents, they can be included the Hansard."

Nanayakkara: "You are scared. Why are you scared of this report being included in Hansard?"

Wickremesinghe: "There is nothing like that. The Speaker will take a final decision on this."

Nanayakkara: "Yes. Let the Speaker decide. I request the Speaker not to consider Wickremesinghe’s objections."

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