Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sri Lanka: Prime Minister is on the knife edge

(August 8, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) According to information that has been revealed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe too would have to be summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Bond Issuance when data in the mobile phone of the Director of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius, who is charged with illegal bond dealings in Central Bank, is investigated say reports.
According to relevant telephone records, there are several short messages that mention ‘Hon PM’, ‘Get a copy from PM’ and it is discussed that ‘PM’ refers to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. 8000 pages of records have been investigated by the relevant authorities.
Also, Central Bank of Sri Lanka was under Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe when the bond scam was committed and Arjun Mahendran, father-in-law of Arjun Aloysius was appointed the Governor of Central Bank by Mr. Wickremesinghe when cabinet opposed it.
However, the Commission has not decided whether to summon the PM to the Commission or not. If the Commission decides to do so, there would definitely be a political turmoil within the UNP and the government.