A case against former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and few others with regard to obtaining Rs.1250 crore from a bank was heard yesterday at the Fort Magistrate’s Court. The case had been filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The case was heard by Fort Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.
Earlier, chairman of a leading bank in Colombo had been ordered to provide bank account details of the bank accounts related to these transactions. The bank had refused to provide the above details, and had requested the court to revoke the order. The Magistrate stated that the Magistrate is bound to issue appropriate orders according to section 124 of the penal code to assist the investigations. The Magistrate had yesterday ordered the aforementioned bank to obey the orders, and provide the necessary information to the Criminal Investigation Department.
Investigations have revealed that several persons, including former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath, have obtained Rs.1250 crores from a bank in December 2014 and during the first few days of January 2015 and thereafter, delivered the money to Temple Trees.
The former President keeps telling that he has not accepted any bribes and has not stolen a cent belonging to the public. Then whose money is this? If the money does not belong to Mahinda Rajapaksa, why was it delivered to Temple Trees?
The New York Times recently revealed that China Harbor, the firm that built Hambantota harbor, gave USD 7.6 million to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa claims that the above allegation cannot be accepted. However, Mahinda Rajapaksa did not participate in the parliament debate on the New York Times article and none of the Rajapaksa members participate in it either.
Moreover,it has been revealed that Rajapaksa accepted Rs.100 million from China Harbor. The transaction has taken place through the Standard Chartered Bank. Also, Colombo International Container Terminals has paid USD 15,000 to Basil Rajapaksa and the firm has admitted to paying money.
Other than that, a Chinese firm named CMEC that built the Norochcholai power plant had given USD 80 million to three powerful figures of the Rajapaksa government.
Rajapaksa’s sons including Namal Rajapaksa had received Rs.70 million from Krrish transactions and the case is being heard by the court.
These are only a few cases of bribery and corrupt transactions that took place during the previous government’s tenure. Rajapaksa had accepted commissions from all construction work done in Sri Lanka by Chinese companies. When Rajapaksa sensed he is about to be defeated in the presidential election, he took the money. This is not hard-earned money, it belongs to the public.