No legal impediment for Mahendran to acquire documents relating to the Bond inquiry: AG

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  • Says working to get down Mahendran under extradition law of country

 

Life-1-14By Shehan Chamika Silva  

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundara yesterday told Court that there is no legal barrier for former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to acquire the documents he sought earlier from the Singapore Interpol relating to the magisterial inquiry conducted into the controversial bond scam.  

 

 

  • Currently working on getting down first suspect Mahendran under the extradition law of the country
  • Perpetual Treasuries Ltd owner Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena were also ordered to be re-remanded till September 13
  • Perpetual Treasuries Ltd defacto owner Arjun Aloysius, its CEO Kasun Palisena were also re-remanded

 

SDSG Jayasundara confirmed that the CID has already sent an e-mail to the Singapore Interpol Unit on the instructions of the Attorney General regarding the demand of the suspect allowing him to get the requested documents from the Interpol.  


SDSG Jayasundara also said that the prosecution is currently working on getting down first suspect Mahendran under the extradition law of the country.  


SDSG Jayasundara also tendered written submissions of the prosecution relating to the request made by the defence earlier seeking a court order for a release of Rs. 1 billion belonging to the Perpetual Treasuries Ltd in the RTGS account of the CBSL.  


Defence Counsel was of the view that this amount has no connection with the inquiry conducted by the CID as this amount was in the CBSL RTGS account prior to the Controversial bond auction settling date of March 2, 2015.  
However, earlier, the Attorney General had objected to the request and accordingly tendered the written submission in court.  


Meanwhile, Perpetual Treasuries Ltd owner Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena were also ordered to be re-remanded till September 13 by the magistrate over the magisterial inquiry in which they were accused of abetting and conspiring with Arjuna Mahendran to misappropriate public funds worth Rs. 688 million during the Bond auction held on February 27, 2015.  


Perpetual Treasuries Ltd defacto owner Arjun Aloysius, its CEO Kasun Palisena were also re-remanded by the Fort Magistrate till September 13 over the parallel magisterial inquiry conducted relating to the Bond scam on deleting phone call data from Perpetual Treasuries Ltd voice recording system and fabricating evidence to the Bond Commission.  


PTL former Chief Dealer Nuwan Salgado and its IT executive Sachith Devathantri were also earlier arrested over the allegation and subsequently released on bail upon the prosecution’s expectation for them to be named as crown witnesses to the inquiry.  


On the instructions of Senior Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, Senior Deputy Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundara, Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama and State Counsel Sahanya Narampanawa appeared for the prosecution, while President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa, President’s Counsel Anil Silva, Senior Counsel Jeewantha Jayathilake, Counsel Ralitha Amarasena and Counsel Theruni Fernando appeared for the defense.  

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