The JVP held an agitation against government’s decision to impose Value Added Tax (VAT) that burdens masses. The Leader s of the JVP and a large crowd participated.
The General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva, its National Organizer Bimal Rathnayaka and the Member of the Political Bureau K.D. Lal Kantha addressed the people.
‘Lankatruth’ website that raised a powerful voice against bond scam, ‘yahapalana’ frauds and frauds and corruption of Rajapaksa clique was subjected to a cyber attack. However, our technical staff has been able to overcome the vicious attack so that truth and nothing but the truth would be available for our viewers.
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It is stated that the government has lost Rs. 55850 million from direct biddings alone when buying Treasury bonds by the company owned by the son-in-laws of the former Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjun Mahendran.
The profit the company has gained from this exercise is reported as Rs.14450 million. Economists have calculated this amount from reports presented by the Central Bank and the Auditor General on the bond scam.
It is reported that the indirect loss due to the transaction is about Rs. 150,000 million.
The report compiled by COPE on the Central Bank bond transaction was to be presented in Parliament today (25th) but it would not be presented today due to a translation and printing issue said the Chairman of COPE JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi in Parliament today.
However, it would be presented in the course of this week he added.
Mr. Handunneththi said COPE will meet tomorrow to discuss the final report after which the report will be presented to Parliament.
The Chief Whip of the Opposition JVP Leader Anura Dissanayaka said 8 of the 13 COPE members who met on the 21st agreed to the report and placed their signatures and 3 members put their signatures today.
He said COPE is bound to present the report passed by a majority of COPE members. Parliamentarians Ajith P. Perera, Wimal Weerawansa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took part in the debate.
The Member of the COPE committee and Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera states the UNP group of MPs in COPE has recommended that Arjun Allosius and directors of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. that earned illegal profits through the bond issue of the Central Bank should be arrested and legal action should be taken against them.
This decision has been taken at a special discussion of the COPE held yesterday (24th) and participated by UNP MPs representing COPE Messrs. Ajith P. Perera, Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sujeewa Senasinghe, Hector Appuhamy, Harshana Rajakaruna, Ashoka Abeysinghe, Ravindra Samaraweera, Wasantha Aluvihare, M. Haharoof and the MP from Sri Lanka Communist Party Chandrasiri Gajadeera.
At the meeting held yesterday the Chairman of COPE JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi had walked away due to pressure from UNP MPs to alter the report from the Auditor General.
Meanwhile, the JVP states the UNP is engaged in an unsuccessful attempt to conceal the infamous bond scam carried out under the former Governor Arjun Mahendran.
The UNP is engaged in this unsuccessful attempt after the report compiled by the majority of COPE members was adopted with a majority vote.
The report by the majority members of COPE was compiled after a lengthy investigation on two bond auctions carried out under Arjun Mahendran was to be presented in Parliament today (25th). However, the UNP is trying its best to save the former Governor from the fraud by preparing a report contrary to the one prepared and passed by the majority members of COPE.
From the statement Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera made to the media yesterday it is evident that the UNP group has no other alternative but to sacrifice Arjun Allocius the son-in-law to save Arjun Mehendran, the father-in-law.
The JVP, Voice Against Corruption and other civil organizations have with documentary evidence have stated that both the father-in-law and the son-in-law are partners in the fraud and legal action should be taken against both.
Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala informed Parliament today (25th) that Supreme Court had informed the Speaker that VAT Amendment Bill complies with the Constitution.
This was informed when Parliament met today at 1.00 p.m.
A ‘Harthal’ campaign is being carried out throughout the Northern Province to express sympathy for the deaths of the two students and demanding authorities to take legal action against those responsible for the killings.
All shops in Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar and Vavuniya have been closed down while transport in the Province has come to a halt. Meanwhile, schools in all towns in the province have been closed.
Also, black flags have been hoisted at Jaffna University and the Faculty at Vavuniya.
The recommendations of the members of the UNP in the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) are an attempt to protect former Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjun Mahendran says the Chairman of COPE JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi.
When investigations have been carried out by COPE throughout the recent past and it has been confirmed that Arjun Mahendran is directly responsible for the bond scam UNP members stating that legal investigations have to be carried out regarding the incident is an attempt to conceal the crime said Mr. Handunneththi.
When the report adopted on the 21st by majority members of COPE as a general report of the COPE which clearly indicates recommendations for steps that should be taken, the attempt to present different reports is a blatant attempt to protect the culprits says the Chairman of COPE.