Speaker to summon presidential secretary

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contradictory statements on bond report


Austin Fernando had made contradicting statements on the bond commission report


image_1516818140-b2c4eee598By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

It was decided to summon presidential secretary Austin Fernando to Parliament after it was revealed that he had made contradicting statements on the bond commission report. 

The opposition members requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to summon Mr. Fernando after reading out a letter sent to the Speaker. The letter states that the annexes and some other documents in connection to the bond commission report will be sent to Parliament shortly and that the remaining documents on the bond issue will be sent to the House after referring the matter to the Attorney General.   

Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene referred to a statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that the bond commission report consists of 900 pages. “The President’s statement reveals that the complete report has not been sent to Parliament,” Mr Gunawardene said and requested Speaker to make sure that Parliament received the full report. 

Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the presidential secretary has clearly contradicted his statement with regard to sending of bond commission report to Parliament. “The letter sent by him to Speaker on Tuesday clearly states that the complete report was sent to the House but in today’s letter he says there are more documents attached to the bond commission report and they would be sent later.   


The letter states that the annexures and some other documents to the bond commission report will be sent to Parliament shortly 

“This is a contradiction and an attempt being made to hide something,” Mr Dissanayake said.   JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardene said his party was agreeable to what the Chief Opposition Whip said.  Opposition MP Chandrasiri Gajadeera questioned how a fruitful debate could be held without a complete report. “ I asked you on Tuesday whether you will take responsibility if the copy of the commission sent to Parliament was incomplete. However, you said you would not. Therefore please take up the issue with the relevant parties,” Mr Gajaderra said.   

House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said the Opposition could not ask for a debate if they say the bond commission report is incomplete.   

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya then agreed to summon the presidential secretary.   

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera assured that all documents pertaining to bond issue would be sent to Parliament soon.