The government is not reluctant to give an undertaking in court that Golden Key Depositors will be compensated, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunananayake insisted.
Minister Karunanayake responding to questions posed by The Nation conveyed his stand regarding the issue of settling the payments of depositors. He said he had made his stance clearly regarding the issue in Parliament and even in court.
The minister stressed he and the government were fully committed to ensuring that the assets of the depositors, who he said he been ‘duped’ by former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and the former finance minister, will be returned to them.
Speaking to The Nation, Golden Key All Depositors Association President Dushanthi Hapugoda said that depositors weren’t prepared to withdraw their Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed before the Supreme Court until the Central Bank produced a written settlement plan.
She said they had called for a legally-binding settlement plan approved by the Monetary Board that would be recorded in the Court minutes.
Hapugoda insisted that she and other depositors were not sabotaging any resettlement plan, but it would need more than a verbal assurance for the depositors to withdraw their FR petition.
Hearing of the FR petition was postponed to June 4 after the respondent, the Central Bank, failed to produce a resettlement plan when the case was taken up for hearing on May 18. Hapugoda claimed this happened despite Minister Karunanayake’s assurance given to depositors that a resettlement plan will be presented on that day.