Mahendran visited Debt Dept. during Bond Auction: CB AddL. Director

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By Manopriya Gunasekera 
and Ranjan Katugampola  
Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had visited the Public Debt Department office where the controversial Bond auction LATE-CITY-DM-1-5had taken place and it was the first time, a Central Bank Governor had visited the office during a Bond auction in the Central Bank history, Additional Director of the Statistics Department of the Central Bank Dr. M. Z. M. Aazim told the Special Presidential Commission probing into the controversial bond issue yesterday.  

He also said that Mr. Nanayakkara who headed the Public Debt Department for a long period was removed closer to this controversial Bond auction and was replaced by Mrs. Seneviratne. He said that during the Bond auction, Governor Mahendran arrived at the office of Mrs. Seneviratne and had inquired about the Bond auction.   So far, evidences were recorded from several parties including from the current governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswami, Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R.H.S Samaratunga.   The three member commission headed by Supreme Court Judge K.T Chitrasiri includes, Supreme Court Judge Prasanna Jayawardena and Former Auditor General V. Kandasamy. It is due to hand over the report of the investigations to the president within three months.   The evidence of Dr. Mohommad Aazim was led by Deputy Solicitor General Priyantha Nawaana who is assisting the commission.