President Maithripala Sirisena said in Elpitiya that operation number two has begun on the bond commission report as he instructed the Attorney General and other stakeholders to proceed with legal action based on the report.
“I called the Attorney General (AG), Central Bank (CB) Governor and the Director General (DG) of the Bribery Commission and other officials to my office. I asked them how long it would take to take action against the culprits and recover what was stolen from the public.
I came here after carrying out the second operation to punish the culprits, imprison them and recover what was stolen,” he said addressing a SLFP rally in Elpitiya.
The Attorney General’s attention has been drawn to immediately seize the property earned through illegal means from the Central Bank Bond issuance by Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL), other companies affiliated to it and other personnel, the President’s Media Unit (PMD) said.
It said even though the Bond Commission had recommended that civil cases be filed to recover the losses incurred by the government, the Attorney General’s Department would take action to amend the Civil Law procedures as civil cases usually take time to complete.
To circumvent the envisaged delays, the Commission had recommended to the Attorney General that a Parliament Act should be passed to recover the money owed to the EPF and the Government without violating the Constitution.
This was discussed at length during a meeting the President had with the Attorney General, Central Bank Governor, Director General of the Bribery Commission and other officials at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday morning.