COPE chairman undecided on appearing before PCoI

Published : 9:36 am  February 6, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Yohan Perera   
Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman Sunil Handunnetti said yesterday he was still undecided whether to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to testify on the Central Bank bond issue.   

DM_20170206_A001-2He said it was not yet clear as to how the PCoI would conduct the investigations on this matter. 

“It is yet to verify whether its investigations will be based on the COPE report or whether it intends making COPE members respondents. Therefore the time is still not ripe to decide on appearing before the Commission,” Mr. Handunnetti said.   
However, he said he would do so if he and the other members were summoned by the PCoI.   

COPE Member Harsha De Silva of the UNP said the members who represented his party at COPE would appear before the Commission if they were summoned.

 COPE member Mahindananada Aluthgamage of the joint opposition said the Commission should summon COPE’s present and former members including former Chairman D E W Gunasekera to testify on this matter.   

“A broad investigation is the need of the hour if the Commission is to mete out justice to the people of this country. I will appear before it if I am summoned,” he said.