It is reported that two COPE reports would be presented regarding Central Bank bond transaction. The two reports are from a section of COPE members who state the bond issue was done correctly and another report from the group that states the bond issue was not done correctly.
However, the Chairman of COPE states, “There hadn’t been any such discussion so far. According to what I see it is a planted news item. From the time COPE investigations commenced on this issue the UNP made various interventions. Minister Lakshman Kiriella had told such a statement to the media. Hence, what we understand from these moves is that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is taking steps to protect Arjun Mahendran.”
Also, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the present Governor of Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Kumaraswamy to carry out an investigation regarding conflicting statements of Central Bank officials.
Internal sources of COPE further states Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is having telephone conversations with Members of COPE in a bid to save his friend.
These moves indicate that the UNP is engaged in a ceaseless struggle to save former Governor of Central Bank say political analysts.