Speaker orders bond scam forensic audit report be tabled in parliament
ECONOMYNEXT – Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ordered the forensic audit report on bond and equity transactions for the period 2002 – 2016 be tabled in parliament today.
The speaker said he made this decision taking into consideration a request made at the party leader’s meeting held on January 13 and requests made by others in and outside parliament.
Since a massive cost was incurred in the preparation of the report, said Jayasuriya, it is prudent for it to be made available to all members of parliament as opposed to just the members of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).
The forensic audit report on the alleged bond scam cost the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) a staggering Rs 900 million to put together, according to United National Party MP Eran Wickramaratne. International auditors KPMG and BDO carried out the independent audit upon a request by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).
However, the CBSL announced today that five forensic audits into the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and the issuance of treasury bonds cost the taxpayer Rs 275 million. Five audits have been completed, the central bank said, while procurement for the remaining audit is ongoing.
Since earlier this month, lawmakers have been urging Speaker Jayasuriya to table the document in parliament.
The tabling was further delayed when Attorney General Dappula De Livera requested the Speaker on January 7 not to release the report, arguing that doing so could impact pending legal action against those allegedly involved. (Colombo/Jan21/2020)
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