Opposition raises serious concerns

nimal_siripala_b1The opposition today raised serious concerns over several issues including over the arrest of some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members.

Opposition leader and SLFP member Nimal Siripala de Silva demanded the removal of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran based on several allegations.

He said the opposition will fully back a proposal already before parliament, calling on Mahendran to be removed as the Central Bank Governor.

“We will continue to fight in Parliament for his removal,” the opposition leader said at a media briefing today.

Mahendran had been accused over a treasury bond issue but was cleared by a committee appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Nimal Siripala de Silva said that Mahendran, a Sri Lankan born Singapore National, has also issued local currency notes signed in English and not Sinhalese.

“This is a historic issue. When the majority language is Sinhalese a Singapore National has been brought here and made Governor of the Central Bank and he is signing notes in English,” he said.

Nimal Siripala de Silva also raised concerns over the arrest of several SLFP members, including Basil Rajapaksa, Johnston Fernando and Sajin de Vass Gunawardena.

He said the SLFP has no issues with the investigations but it feels the arrest is part of an attempt to weaken the SLFP and take political revenge.

“The law is being misused,” the former Minister said.

Meanwhile former Minister and SLFP MP Dullas Alahapperuma said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had told him he will be arrested if he fails to appear before the police to make a statement over a protest he took part in opposite the Bribery and Corruption Commission recently.

Alahapperuma says he has been accused of carrying a distorted Sri Lanka flag at the protest. (Colombo Gazette)