Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Arjuna Mahendran was summoned on March 10 to the premises of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into the issuance of Treasury Bonds for questioning by the police.
It is only based on the initial questioning by the police that Mahendran would subsequently be summoned before the special Commission appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Special Commission did not sit on March 10 due to the ceremonial sitting of the 45th Chief Justice President’s Counsel (PC) Priyasath Dep as Commission members Supreme Court Judge Justice Prasanna S. Jayawardena PC and Commission Chair Supreme Court Judge Justice K.T. Chithrasiri attended. Mahendran arrived at the Commission premises with two lawyers at 9.20 am and left the premises at 12.30 pm following preliminary questioning by the police. Contacted by the Nation, Nihal Fernando PC who is representing Perpetual Treasuries Private Limited at the public hearings of the Commission said that the former Governor was not yet given a date to record his statement by the Commission and that a date would be given soon. The Commission will again meet on March 13 at 10.00 am and Superintendent/Registrar of the CBSL’s Public Debt Department Dhammika Nanayakkara will record his statement.