By Maheesha Mudugamuwa
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila has alleged that Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake seems to lack a stable memory and, therefore, the President and the Prime Minister should refrain from sending Minister Karunanayake to represent the country.
Gammanpila said so while addressing the media at the Dr N. M. Perera Centre in Borella on Thursday (03).
Commenting on Foreign Minister Karunanayake’s statement to the presidential commission of inquiry probing the bond scam that he had no knowledge of the Penthouse deal, Gammanpila said that before the June 31 every year the MPs were required to declare their assets and liabilities and that declaration should include all details of the properties owned by their spouses and unmarried children.
Therefore, there was no way Karunanayake could claim that he was not aware of his wife’s assets, Gammanpila said.
Even-though Minister Karunanayake did not know who ‘Hon MP RK’ on the phone of Arjun Aloysius was, that he very well knew who it was as out of the 225 parliamentarians, there were no other ministers bearing the first name Ravi and a last name beginning with the letter ‘K.’
Responding to a query by a journalist whether Minister Malik Samarawickreme should be questioned by the commission on the controversial bond scam, MP Gammanpila noted that not only Minister Samarawickreme, all other people involved in the bond scam should be questioned by the commission in the future and for the first time in Sri Lanka, the Central Bank had come under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe even though earlier it had been under the purview of the Finance Minister.