Sri Lanka activists asks MR to complain over bond gazette

ECONOMYNEXT – A good governance activist Saturday challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to file a police complaint if he was not behind an impugned gazette that set up the controversial bond sale after his defeat.

Keerthi Tennakoon of the campaign for Free and Fair Elections  and the Anti-Corruption Front said Rajapaksa must lodge a complaint if he did not sign a gazette dated January 1, 2015 creating, among others, the 30-year bond.

"Mahinda Rajapaksa must immediately go to the police if this gazette is a fake and an attempt by the present government to cover its sins," Tennakoon said.

He said he did not believe Rajapaksa had issued the gazette and speculated that it could be a "fabrication" aimed at diverting attention away from the government.

His statement came hours after the former president told reporters that he will take legal action against the central bank and the finance ministry over the gazette.    (COLOMBO, February 25, 2017)

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