asked witness’ help at PCoI proceedings

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Arjun Aloysius

Thwas revealed during Pan Asia Bank DGM’s testimony

Aloysius made several phone calls to witness

Commission asks ASG to find legal provisions on such interference with witness 

 

 

 

By Shehan Chamika Silva

Perpetual Treasuries Ltd owner Arjun Aloysius has interfered with the witness who was supposed to testify at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on behalf of Pan Asia Bank, it was revealed yesterday .

It was revealed when Pan Asia Bank Deputy General Manager Aruna Benedict Dias’ evidence was led by Deputy Solicitor General Milinda Gunathilaka.

Before calling for evidence, the witness was summoned to make a statement recorded by the police at the PCoI on July 4. Later based on that statement, Mr. Dias appeared before the Commission on July 5 to give evidence.

The witness said Mr. Aloysius had called him on his mobile phone on June 30, prior to him giving evidence at the PCoI and wanted to meet him for some reason. “Initially I refused but he kept asking me for at least 10 minutes”, witness said.  

Subsequently, Mr. Dias had visited Arjun Aloysius’ house based on his request. “During the discussion we had in his house Mr. Aloysius told me that now we are in the last two crucial weeks of the proceedings of PCoI, so I need your support…” witness said.   
The witness also revealed that Mr. Aloysius had guaranteed him a place in his company should he leave Pan Asia Bank because of this matter.

Before calling for evidence, the witness was summoned to make a statement recorded by the police at the PCoI on July 4. Later based on that statement, Mr. Dias appeared before the Commission on July 5 to give evidence

 

When the PCoI questioned his decision to go to Mr. Aloysius’ residence, the witness was of the view that it was concerning his personal and professional matter and therefore had the intention of obtaining more information from Mr. Aloysius.   
The witness said despite rejecting such proposals, Mr. Aloysius continued to contact him making several phone calls prior to and after he gave statements to the police on July 4.

He said former Pan Asia Bank Chairman Nimal Perera had also contacted him after he made statements to the police and assured him a place in his future Money Brokering Company if something happened to his current position at Pan Asia Bank.   
“I assume they wanted to prevent me from disclosing the truth at the PCoI,” the witness said.
Subsequently, Commissioner, SC Justice Prasanna Jayawardena asked Additional Solicitor General Dappulada Livera to check for any legal provision which derivedcriminal aspects regarding such interference with the witness.

The Witness said that he first met Mr. Aloysius on June 2015 at the place of former Pan Asia Bank’s Chairman in the presence of PTL CEO Kasun Palisena.

That discussion was relating to the Pan Asia’s role as an intermediary between Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and PTL for the transactions in the secondary market.  

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