Cabraal responds to JVP allegations


As the banker to the Government, the payments made by the Central Bank, on behalf of the Government in 2014, have been made on the official written instructions of the Government, and not on the wishes of a single person, former CBSL Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said. He was responding to allegations made by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Issuing a statement Cabraal said all payments on behalf of the Government had been made, based on the official written instructions and approval of the relevant government authorities.

“Further, the respective payment protocols and procedures had been followed by the Central Bank in the normal course of business when making those payments. Therefore, it can be confirmed that there has been no procedural or other violation by the Central Bank in making the payments totalling USD 6.5 million to Zuberi and his organisations, on behalf of the Government.”

He also stated in response to the allegations made by the political party, that the same group had these transactions investigated in detail for five years from 2015 to 2019, and after doing so, it had not been possible to point out any lapses or violations of any law on the Governor’s part. As a result, no action was instituted against him by any law enforcement authority during that period of five years.

“These politically-motivated groups have once again begun to hurl false allegations against me in order to tarnish my reputation and provoke public hatred against me. While vehemently denying those allegations, I must state that I will respond to these despicable actions through the legal process and also institute action against the perpetrators of these falsehoods at the appropriate time in order to hold them accountable for their abusive actions,” he stated.

Meanwhile, former President Maithripala Sirisena also addressed the allegations by issuing a statement. Wasantha Samarasinghe alleged that former President Maithripala Sirisena and his family members were given a portion of the money stolen from the Central Bank bond scam. However, Sirisena’s private secretary Sameera de Silva said he strongly condemned the allegations. He said in the statement that blaming innocent people without any basis for political gain was not a moral political act and that all possible action would be taken in the future regarding this malicious statement.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi