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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2371

Bond Commission report tends to creates more confusions: To be sent to Parliament on January 17

Colombo, 11 January, (Asiantribune.com):

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced that President Maithripala Sirisena had informed him that the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Bond issue would be presented to Parliament on January 17.

Earlier, in accordance with the agreement reached at the Party Leaders’ meeting held on the 9th Jan., Speaker Jayasuriya has written to the President asking for a copy of the commission report.

Replying to the Speaker’s letter asking for copies of the Bond Commission Report the President’s Secretary informed that this decision has been taken in accordance with the advice of the Attorney General.

The Speaker reading out a letter received from President’s Secretary Austin Fernando said the President had ordered that 26 copies of the bond report be sent to Parliament by next Wednesday.

In his reply, Mr. Fernando indicated that AG has advised that the report should be first handed over to the relevant institutions mentioned in the report.

The letter also said that the copies of the report were handed over to the Central Bank Governor Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy and Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Director General Sarath Jayamanne yesterday morning to implement its recommendations. This has been done on the advice of the Attorney General.

Mr. Fenranndo further added that the Presidential Secretariat does not have the 34 reports submitted by the PRECIFAC. The Secretary to the President has informed the Speaker that he will get the copies of those reports form the PRECIFAC Secretary and send them to Parliament.

The Secretary to Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella wrote to President requesting the bond commission report along with the 34 PRECIFAC reports. Speaker Jayasuriya has also made the request orally.

The Speaker after reading out the letter told the House that he intended to meet the Secretary to the President and the Attorney General to discuss the matter. The Speaker however appealed to the MPs not to incite a clash between the Executive and Legislature over the issue.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that he could not agree with the Attorney General’s position on the issue. He added that not tabling the report was against the law and traditions. He invited the other party leaders to attend the meeting with the AG to collectively remind him of the powers of Parliament.

The Prime Minister said he would meet President Maithripala Sirisena in the evening and inform the latter of the views expressed in Parliament and request that the report be made available to the House at the earliest. "Since I am also a character in the entire saga, I, too, am interested in knowing the content of the report. Parliament has done everything in its capacity over the bond issue."

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