Businessman Thirukumar Nadesan, the husband of Former Deputy Minister Nirupama Rajapaksa, today denied the allegations raised in the Pandora Papers and insisted that he and his wife are innocent.
In a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Nadesan said that his name and that of his wife have been referred to as having various accounts/assets, off-shore.
Nadesan requested the President to appoint an independent investigator (preferably a retired appellate Judge) to investigate the allegations without delay so that his name and that of his wife would be cleared.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already instructed the Bribery Commission to investigate the allegations in the Pandora Papers.
Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the President instructed the Bribery Commission today to submit a report in a month.
The Media Minister said that the matter was also discussed at the Cabinet meeting yesterday.
In the Pandora Papers, confidential documents, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, revealed that as the country was ravaged by a bloody, decades-long civil war, Nirupama Rajapaksa and her husband Thirukumar Nadesan set up anonymous offshore trusts and shell companies to acquire artwork and luxury apartments and to store cash, securities and other assets in secret.
Pandora Papers revealed that the couple was able to amass and hide their fortune in secrecy jurisdictions with the assistance of financial services providers, lawyers and other whitecollar professionals who asked few questions about the source of their wealth – even after Nadesan became a target of a well-publicised corruption investigation by Sri Lankan authorities. (Colombo Gazette)