By Shyam nuwan Ganewatta and Sarath Dharmasena
Acting Government Printer Gangani Kalpana Liyanage yesterday informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the controversial bond sale that the name of former Finance Minister and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name had been included in the gazette No 1895/19 relevant for the controversial sale on instructions from the Central Bank.
She admitted that mentioning the name of Rajapaksa as the Minister of Finance in the gazette was a mistake and it had been brought to her notice by an official of the proofreading division of the government printing department.
Acting Government Printer Liyanage said that after notification she had instructed her officials to make an inquiry from the Public Dept Department of the Central Bank about the mentioning of Rajapaksa’s name. When the inquiry was made the Central Bank responded that Rajapaksa’s name should be mentioned as the Minister of Finance.
The inquiry had been made from the Public Debt Department by an official by the name of WRJ de Mel and the clarification was made by an official by the name of Wasana, Liyanage said adding that the Central Bank official was of the opinion that since the number of the particular gazette had been reserved on Jan 01, 2015 when Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Minister of Finance there was nothing wrong in mentioning his name.
The gazette had been sent for the printing by the Central Bank to the Government Printer on Nov. 17, 2016, and at that time the Finance Minister of the country was Ravi Karunanayke, Liyanage said.