MP Dayasiri Jayasekara attempts to justify his actions | Daily News

MP Dayasiri Jayasekara attempts to justify his actions

Says business community helps politicians at every election:

Responding to a newspaper report published on Thursday, revealing that he had received a cheque of Rs.1 million from Walt & Row Associates - a Perpetual Treasuries Ltd, related group company in 2015, UPFA Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara, not denying the allegation, made an attempt to justify his actions by admitting that at every election, not only those who are in Parliament, or Provincial Councillors, but the trader in the village helps the Pradeshiya Sabha member.

“That is how the country’s politics works. Therefore, some businessmen do help us, they have done so even at the Provincial Council elections, General elections and the Presidential elections as well.

It is traditional that the business community helps politicians at every election,” Jayasekara said.

However, he noted that he was not a COPE Committee member at the time and was appointed to Parliament only on August 17, 2015.

The news report stated that based on a statement given to the CID by a Police officer who was attached to Jayasekara’s security in 2015, on June 13, 2015 Jayasekara had asked his Security Officer, Amila Kumara Herath, to encash a cash cheque (Bearing number 566635) which was issued by Walt & Row Associates (under the current account number 0073900773). The said Security Officer had told the CID that he had encashed the cheque from a Kurunegala Bank and handed the Money ‘in cash’ to Jayasekara.

However, Jayasekara said in Parliament that at every instance he had stood up against Arjun Mahendran’s illegal acts both at the COPE Committee and in Parliament. “Hence, what is important is who we represented and in this instance, this cheque is not one that was written in my name. I inquired about this but have no recollection of who gave it and who encashed it. I am truly unaware if Arjun Aloysius had signed this cheque or who had signed it. But, we had encashed this cheque and utilised that money for our election campaign,” Jayasekara admitted in Parliament yesterday joining the Parliamentary debate over several orders under the Appropriation Act.

He said there are many who have taken money from Arjun Aloysius and he could reveal these names, urging the authorities to take measures to reveal the identities of those who had accepted money from Arjun Aloysius and table in parliament the balance 3000 page report on the Bond scam.

Noting that he had never worked to safeguard Arjun Aloysius and clear him from the allegations he faced, adding that this is a smear campaign that has been unleashed against him after he and 15 others had opted to step out of the Government.

“We have not taken money from Arjun Aloysius and tried to protect him. I never wrote books on the Bond issue and never went to court on behalf of Arjun Aloysius and never represented him and tried to stop the investigation,” he added.




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Has he won a lottery? Can't I get half of that?

All those receivers of millions must donate all of them to the nearest hospital to help serve patients better by equipping bed instruments furnishing clothes for the needy replacing old items in use etc

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