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Sumanthiran: Rajapaksas have enough money to compensate 22 million Sri Lankans

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By Saman Indrajith

TNA Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament on Wednesday that Rajapaksa brothers had enough money to compensate 22 million people in the country.

 Participating in the second reading debate on Budget 2023, MP Sumanthiran said that his party welcomed the Supreme Court determination that ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, along with former Finance Ministers Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa, successive governors of the Central Bank, Secretary to the Treasury and the monetary board of the Central bank bear responsibility for Sri Lanka’s severe economic crisis and had thereby violated the fundamental rights of the people by mismanaging the economy.

PB Jayasundara, former Advisor to the President had been found guilty in a earlier case Vasudeva Nanayakkara Vs KN Choksy. He was found guilty and fined Rs 500,000 at that time by the Supreme Court. He paid the fine. The Supreme Court ruled that he should not be allowed to hold public office thereafter. He undertook not to take any public office by submitting an affidavit to the court. Later there was a change in the post of Chief Justice. That chief justice allowed the withdrawal of the affidavit to enable P.B. Jayasundara to hold public office again. Now the Supreme Court has given another ruling holding P.B. Jayasundara and others responsible for the collapse of the economy. When it comes to compensation, the court has not considered compensation because the petitioners have not asked the court to do so. The court could have given that order.

Surely the Rajapaksa brothers have enough money to pay compensation to all people in this country. All their money parked outside the country can be brought here for that purpose. The minister of justice has stated that there are people who have parked their monies outside this country. This money should be brought and be used to revive the country’s collapsed economy. These are monies stolen from people. What the Supreme Court should have done was to order them to pay compensation to all the citizens of this country, to bring the money to the Treasury and that could have been used to revive the economy. This is not the end. We must now start a recovery process from those who have been held responsible by the Supreme Court. Every citizen in this country is now entitled to recover the money that had been stolen from them. These monies now abroad must be brought back to revive the collapsed economy,” Sumanthiran said.



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