Treasury bond fiasco: Harsha urges all to wait for findings

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Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva has urged the people to wait for the findings of the three-member committee appointed to probe matters concerning the recent Treasury bond issue. In a statement, de Silva said he has been inundated with questions as to what the Government was doing about the allegations of insider dealing with respect to the RS. 10 billion Treasury bond issue on 27 February. “These questions seem to be directed at me particularly because I was very vociferous on such matters as an Opposition MP and because I am the Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Economic Affairs,” de Silva said. In that context he issued the following statement: This is to inform the general public that in consultation with the President, the Prime Minister has appointed a three-member independent committee of lawyers to investigate in to the said allegation. The committee has been given wide ranging powers to obtain information from any and all relevant parties and going back to 1 January 2012. Necessary technical support to analyse complex financial market transactions has also been provided. The committee has already started work. Good governance is about due process. It should apply to all concerned, be it those in the previous government or the current one. As a Government that was elected to office to follow good governance, we have set in motion the said investigation in good faith. Let us wait for the findings of the committee to determine what course of action need to be taken if any person or persons were to be found guilty to committing an offence. As a person who fought and will continue to fight against corruption, the public has my word that I will do what is right.