Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister to send letter of demand to ex-President


July 22, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Finance Minster is to send a letter of demand to ex-President demanding 5.0 billion rupees over a statement made by him recently.

“Rajapaksa has said that a person charged with financial crimes is serving as the Finance Minister. This statement is an insult to me and a lie.” Ravi Karunanayake told reporters Wednesday.

Minister Karunanayake was acquitted in the foreign exchange case at the Colombo High Court on 18 May 2015 and it was also the final judgment handed down by justice Irangani Perera.

Karunanayake has also sent another letter of demand to the Chief Minister of the North Western province Dayasiri Jayasekara over a statement made by him at a TV debate.

“Jayasekara has said that the Finance Ministry has given 3,000 vehicle permits. We only issued 118 permits. Indeed its last year that has given 2,800 – 3,000 permits,”

“So I sent a letter of demand worth 2,000 million rupees to Jayasekara for the defamation.”

Criticizing former Central Bank Governor Cabraal, for not speaking about the hedging deal Karunanayake asked why the FCID has not yet arrested him over the hedging deal.

“We are asking our own government why the Police is not acting on this.” Ravi Karunanayake said.