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NPP questions progress on former CBSL Governor’s extradition

National People’s Power (NPP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday questioned the government on the steps the present government has taken to bring former

CBSL governor Arjun Mahendran to the country from Singapore.

The former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran is alleged to be involved in the controversial bond scam in 2015.

Dissanayake noted, “It is said that he has changed his name. But obviously he has not changed his body so he is still the same person who is wanted for the CBSL Treasury Bonds scam. So I would like to ask the government as to what they are going to do about Mahendran,”.

Dissanayake made these observations participating in the adjournment debate on the annual report of the Central Bank for 2019, the performance report of the Finance Ministry and the mid year fiscal report.

During his speech Dissanayake said a separate report should be prepared regarding the alleged misuse of about Rs. 3 million of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) funds which comes under the purview of the CBSL.

Dissanayake also said that if he had the a power to punish criminals and culprits for corruption, many current MPs would not have been sitting in the Chamber. Dissanayake who was critical of the swearing in of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Premalal Jayasekara said he regrets not having such power.

“Public funds have been allocated to maintain prisons.So when someone who has been given capital punishment swears in Parliament as an MP and participates in passing Laws which would be applicable to the whole country, it is not a simple fact,” he added.

Several government MPs who rose at this juncture pointed out that since MP Jayasekara has submitted an appeal to the Appeal Court against the judgement, he should be only considered as a remand prisoner and not otherwise.

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