Dr M.Z.M. Azim, the Additional Director of Statistics Department of the Central Bank told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry yesterday (2nd) that Governor Arjuna Mahendran had entered the Public Debt Department on the tenth floor of the CBSL building at 10.45 am on 27th Feb, 2015 while an auction of treasury bonds was being held.
The Additional Director of Statistics Department said responding to a query from Senior Deputy Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana said during the time he served at the Public Debt Department Governors of the Central Bank had never entered that section. He said he had never seen a Governor visiting the Public Debt Department while an auction was going on.
Stating that he couldn’t recall the exact time the Governor had left the Public Debt Department Dr. Azim said that the Governor hadn’t been accompanied by any other official. Dr Aazim confirmed reports that the auction had been extended by five more minutes on a request made by a primary dealer though the auction was scheduled to end at 11 am.