Why the FCID turns a blind eye to Treasury bond issue, asks Wimal

Why the FCID turns a blind eye to Treasury bond issue, asks Wimal

May 7, 2015   05:02 pm


National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa on Thursday (7) said reasons unknown as to why the newly formed special police unit on financial frauds continues to turn a blind eye to Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran who is in the spotlight due to the controversy surrounding the Treasury bond issue.

Weerawansa charged the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has been formed in a bid to hunt down the members of the former government. “There is a move to arrest at least 10 to 15 politicians before the next general election,” he said.

The NFF leader also pointed out the FCID should arrest the CB Governor over the Treasury bond issue in the first place, if it continues an unbiased method of investigating.

However, Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne today (7) asserted the government’s struggle to crack down corrupt politicians of the former government will continue in spite of pressure from the opposition. “President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to avoid political interference in these investigations,” he added.

The matter has also been raised during the recent meeting of President Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliament on Wednesday (6).

It was also revealed that the President was unaware concerning the establishment of the newly formed police unit, FCID, which was put into effect by an extraordinary gazette notification issued in February. 

The police unit has been established through a subcommittee appointed by the Prime Minister. The FCID most of the time drew attention to probe and interrogate complains with respect to the close associates of the former government.

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