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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 - 21:44
Arjuna Mahendran identifies voice of his son-in-law in retrieved telephone conversations
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The Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the bond controversy that Perpetual Treasuries Limited has maintained a separate file that contained instructions such as what needs to be done for the benefit of former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

President Counsel Dappula de Livera quoted several Short Messages shared between Arjun Aloysius and his Private Secretary Steve Samuel to prove his point.

Those SMS's were submitted to the Commission by the Criminal Investigation Department.

Most of those SMS's had been exchanged after Arjuna Mahendran had retired from the Central Bank.

Several SMS's referred to nicknames such as A. Mahendran, A. M. and R.K. And Livera said those SMS's have mentioned about a file.

The State Counsel suggested that it was Arjuna Mahendran, who is identified as A. M. in those SMS's.

However, Arjuna Mahendran who refused the State Counsel’s allegation said that his daughter’s name is Anjalee Mahendran and it could have been used to identify her.

Then, the State Counsel asked whether R. K. is referred to Ravi Karunanayake.

Mahendran said that he has no idea about it and added that he has called Ravi Karunanayake as Ravi K.

The State Counsel also said that another nickname Lasantha is referred to a person called Lasantha Somarathna who served in the Finance Ministry at that time.

He also said that Arjuna Mahendran transferred 500 employees including 14 Department Heads of the Central Bank to pave the way for his son-in-law to make unusual profits.

Responding to the allegation, Arjuna Mahendran said that the transfers were made for the betterment of the CBSL and subsequent to this, the Central Bank, which was making losses for two years, was able to make profits in the first year under his Governorship.

Meanwhile, Arjuna Mahendran identified the voice of his son-in-law, Arjun Aloysius, when the telephone conversations between Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were played at the Commission.

Then the state counsel inquired from Mahendran whether Aloysius had access to internal secret information.

The former Governor said he can neither prove or reject it.

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