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Friday, 26 June 2015 - 19:36
Where is the COPE report on treasury bond issue; questions the opposition
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The subcommittee report of the COPE on Central Bank Treasury Bond issue was not presented in parliament as scheduled today.

According to available sources, the subcommittee report was delayed due to certain subcommittee members requiring more time to study the report and the failure to collect signatures of certain MPs.

The subcommittee which met yesterday decided to present the report on the Treasury bond issue to parliament today, and the speaker was also informed of the scheduled presentation.

A sub committee comprising 13 MPs who represent the COPE was appointed recently to investigate the Central Bank Treasury Bond issue.

In addition to former minister D.E.W. Gunasekera, MPs Susil Premajayantha, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Arjuna Ranatunga, Hassan Ali, Rajiv Wijesinghe, E, Saravanabhavan, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Eran Wickramarathna and Sunil Handunnetti are among the subcommittee membership.

Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was summoned twice before the Committee in connection with the issue, and several officers of the Central Bank as well as Bank of Ceylon were also summoned before the committee with regard to the same issue.

In addition, a statement from Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga has also been obtained in respect of the Treasury bond issue.

Meanwhile, addressing a ceremony yesterday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged the COPE to question him as well in connection with the alleged Treasury bond scam.

However, several MPs exchanged views for not presenting the subcommittee report as scheduled when parliament met this afternoon.

Meanwhile, JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti stated during Balaya political program telecast on Hiru TV last night that he would disclose all information unless the subcommittee report would release them properly.

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