AG instructs IGP to conduct criminal probe against ETI Directors

Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera has directed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickramaratne to conduct a criminal investigation against the Directors of Edirisinghe Trust Investments (ETI) and Swarnamahal Jewellers.

The Directors have been accused of unauthorized acceptance of deposits of 13.7 billion, misappropriation of funds and money laundering.

The Attorney General has also decided to forward indictments against the Directors of Swarnamahal Jewellers for conducting an unauthorized finance business.

Last July the Directors of Edirisinghe Trust Investments were questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department for several hours.

Jeevaka Edirisinghe, Nalaka Edirisinghe, Asanka Edirisinghe and Deepa Edirisinghe were questioned for approximately 8 hours.

A Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating irregularities concerning ETI Finance found that ETI Investments had not followed the proper procedures in their conduct from its inception.

It had invested its assets in other institutes and at the same time it had not been supervised by the Central Bank.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka had last year suspended the business activities of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC and ETI Investments Ltd. (Colombo Gazette)

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