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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 8:12
"Ravi K. not suitable for Assistant Leader's post" says Marapana committee
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The Committee chaired by Tilak Marapana, appointed by the United National Party to investigate the Bond Commission Report has recommended that former Minister MP Ravi Karunayake should not hold the post of party Assistant Leader until the Bond Commission investigation is concluded.
 
The Committee report was handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday (Jan. 29).

The UNP General Secretary, Minister, Kabir Hashim issued a communiqué today with regard to the Committee's recommendations.

The communiqué states that Ravi Karunanayake should not hold the responsibilities of party Assistant Leader post until the Attorney General or the Bribery Commission take a final decision as to whether Karunanayake should be sued.

The Committee further recommends that Ravi Karunanayake should not hold any responsibility during the trial if any legal action is taken against him.

Minister Kabir Hashim said in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the issuance of Treasury Bonds, there are no findings against any member of the United National Party including Ravi Karunanayake in regard to the issuance of Treasury Bonds.

But, however, the Commission of Inquiry has decided that the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission should determine whether action should be taken against Ravi Karunanayake, MP, under the Bribery Act or other appropriate legislation in respect of their findings that he had derived a substantial benefit from the lease payments made by Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd., which is an associate company of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., which is owned and controlled by the same persons who owned and controlled Perpetual Treasuries Ltd.

The UNP General Secretary in his statement also says that the Commission has also stated that the Attorney General or other appropriate authorities could also consider whether the evidence given by Ravi Karunanayake is shown to have been incorrect and in that case whether there are grounds for prosecution under Section 179 and or under Section 188 of the Penal Code or other relevant provisions of the law, read with Section 9 the Commission of Inquiry Act No. 17 of 1948.
 
UNP General Secretary, Kabir Hashim further said in his communiqué that the committee report will be presented to the party central working committee to be held in mid-February.

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