COPE summons SriLankan top officials

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BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake

Top officials of SriLankan Airlines have been summoned before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to inquire about recent news reports about the leasing of 21 planes, Chairman of COPE, Dr. Charitha Herath said yesterday (19).

Speaking in Parliament, Dr. Herath said, he discussed the matter with the Auditor General as well. 

In response to questions of Opposition MPs, including UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dr. Herath said that a report will be tabled in Parliament after the inquiry. 

Wickremesinghe said parties involved should be ashamed of attempting to buy planes at a time when there is a shortage of fuel, fertiliser, medicine and paper in the country.

He was commenting on SriLankan Airlines’ decision to lease up to 21 aircraft to support its long-term business strategy. He also stressed the need to remove the Board of Directors of SriLankan Airlines.