COPE to obtain Auditor General Report on bond issue

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Feb 26, 2016 (LBO) – The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to obtain a report from the Auditor General regarding the controversial bond issue.

JVP Parliamentarian Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said that they have also decided to conduct the inquiry through the main committee of the COPE.

“We decided to obtain the observations of the Auditor General and other relevant parties regarding this matter and review the progress after two weeks,” Jayatissa said.

He said the COPE will also examine the report prepared by the sub committee headed by DEW Gunasekara last year. Jayatissa however stated that the review is not limited to the bond issue.

“It’s a review of the past and present activities of the Central Bank which also includes this issue.”

The Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said the meeting with COPE on Thursday was a routine one. The meeting was on the accounts of the central bank, and the report of the auditor general, he said. “There were no allegations against me.”

The Committee is headed by JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunetti, with Bimal Rathnayake, Nalinda Jayatissa, Lakshman Senevirathne, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Ashok Abeysinghe, Mujibar Rahuman, Rauff Hakeem and Ranjan Ramanayake among Parliamentarians on the committee.