BY Kavindya Chris Thomas
Owner of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) Arjuna Aloysius was interviewed for over four hours yesterday by the investigators attached to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the controversial Treasury bond auction, following recent developments in the ongoing hearing.
Aloysius arrived at the premises of Commission in Hulftsdorp in the morning and proceeded to be interviewed by the investigators of the Commission, after which he promptly left the scene with his retinue of attorneys.
On Wednesday (6) it was revealed that he had received sensitive information from multiple sources – including the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and other State institutions and Departments pertaining to bond auctions that have had a direct bearing on the profits of PTL.
The information surfaced when the unedited versions of phone conversations between Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena were examined alongside the testimony provided by Chief Dealer of PTL Nuwan Salgado to the Commission.
The recordings had revealed that Aloysius had received confidential insider information, which he in turn passed on to Palisena with instructions on how to bid, based on this information. Upon this revelation, the Commission issued notice to Aloysius, through his attorney PC Anuja Premaratne, to appear before the Commission to record a statement.
The Attorney General’s Department, submitting the application requesting that summons be issued on Aloysius, noted that all previous efforts to contact Aloysius had not been successful. The Commission heard that Aloysius had avoided officers of the Commission, who had visited his residence as well as his office, who had wanted to obtain statements regarding the recent developments in the case.
Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda noted that even Aloysius’ private assistant, whose name was mentioned earlier when examining text messages extracted from his phone, was unaware of his boss’ whereabouts.
Additional Solicitor General Kodagoda also requested that information from Aloysius’ two passports – Sri Lankan and Australian – be provided to the Commission for examination.