In the wake of last evening’s parliamentary prorogation, Committee for Public Enterprises (COPE) Former Chairman MP Sunil Handunnetti will keep the committee’s forensic audit report on the alleged Central Bank bond scam confidential until COPE’s next incarnation.
Handunnetti told RepublicNext that the Central Bank Governor had requested him to seek the Attorney General’s opinion and keep the report as a confidential document to be perused by COPE members only.
“I had summoned the committee this morning to take a decision on this. Yes, there is a requirement to seek the AG’s opinion, but it is the COPE that’s mandated to take a decision on a forensic audit report and decide whether to disclose it, how much to disclose and whether or not to present it to Parliament,” he said.
“Last night, Parliament was prorogued and the committee was thus dissolved. I’m no longer a committee member, and there is no committee. The COPE appointed by the next Parliament and its chairperson may decide what to do with these documents,” he added.
Until then, said the MP, the report will be secure in his office/secretariat, as there are no longer any members of the now-dissolved COPE.