Presidential commission proposed on CB chief

Arjuna MahendranThe opposition today called on President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint an independent Presidential Commission to investigate the allegations against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

Opposition member Udaya Gamanpilla said that the allegations against the Governor are not only damaging to the image of the Government but also the President.

Gamanpilla said that if the President wants to clear his name then he must appoint an independent Presidential Commission to conduct a transparent investigation into the allegations.

“However the commission should not be one like the one which was appointed by the Prime Minister. It should be independent and have full powers,” he said.

Meanwhile former Foreign Minister, Professor G.L Peiris, said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was today informed about the concerns over the Central Bank Governor.

Peiris said that a group of opposition members met the representatives of the IMF based in Sri Lanka and discussed their concerns.

A three member commission appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe earlier had cleared the Central Bank Governor of the allegations against him.

The opposition however said the commission was not independent and demanded that the Governor be removed from his post.

Mahendran was accused of accepting bids over and above the one billion rupees stipulated in a 30-year bond tender and accepting up to 10 billion rupees. (Colombo Gazette)