Addressing ‘Viyath Maga’ annual conference, former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the economy can be uplifted by reducing state corruption. How he helped uplift the economy when he served as the Defense Secretary is as follows.
Presidential Commission on Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka has revealed that Mihin Lanka has been unlawfully operated from the beginning. Mihin Lanka Private Limited’s registration application, submitted by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to company registrar, has received approval within 4 days. The fact that it happened so swiftly is problematic. The application has been submitted on 23 October 2006. By 27 October 2006, it has been approved and registered. There is no description about the person who received the registration documents. The receiver’s details such as name and NIC number are not mentioned anywhere, only the signature is available.
Names of former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former Finance Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundara, former Air Force Commander Roshan Goonetileke and Mahinda Rajapaksa’s then Coordinating Secretary Sajin Vass Gunawardena had been mentioned as the shareholders of the company.
Although 5 directors were required to register the company, permission had been granted with only 4 directors. The reason for doing so, has not been mentioned anywhere. The then company registrar had put a note by himself saying that the application is defective. It’s problematic how they still managed to successfully register the company.
In 2008, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s name has been removed from the list of directors. During 2006 – 2014, Lankaputra Bank and the treasury have invested Rs.14.4 billion in Mihin Lanka. Total loss of the company exceeds Rs.17 billion, including more than Rs.10 billion debts.
Gotabhaya, who speaks today about state corruption and building the economy, was a person who misused billions of government’s money to develop Rajapaksas. Those who unlawfully established a needless company, and spent a fortune for it, are now advising about corruption and abuse believing they can fool people again.