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Parties that ruled for 70 years looted public money from time to time: Anura

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Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has charged that the political parties which administered this country during the past 70 years had looted public money from time to time.

He observed that there is a need to change Sri Lanka's entire political culture, which was engulfed in fraud and corruption. He was addressing Parliament during the debate on Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports.

During his address, Anura Dissanayaka stated that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was directly involved in protecting Central Bank's former governor Arjuna Mahendran. Prime Minister's entire approach was directed towards protecting the fraudsters rather than punishing them. The PCoI report had clearly stated that Mahendran had provided insider information to PTL owner Arjun Aloysius and that if the proper steps were taken on time, the Rs.688 million loss could have been prevented.

He went on that when he raised this matter about the bond scam in February 27, 2015, the Prime Minister responded in March 17 saying Mr. Mahendran was in no way involved in CB bond sales. They had no way of knowing the truth until the PCoI report was published in December last year. The PCoI report had revealed that the Prime Minister could have acted with more responsibility when obtaining information. The report has indirectly held the Prime Minister responsible in this matter.

He added that the PRECIFAC report had also revealed that billions of rupees had been misappropriated and plundered by the previous government including funds belonging to the ITN, the Avant Garde transaction and the Hedging deal.

He concluded that they could not rely on the law enforcing agencies set up by Parliament and urged the people to use their power to punish the culprits.

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