Friday, 23 January 2015
Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken over the Central Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission, with immediate effect, under his policy planning and plan implementation ministry.
This takeover is due to a legal issue - that is owing to the conclusion that that would hurt the interests of the attorney general and the indictment in connection with the foreign exchange regulations violation charge being pursued by the AG against finance minister Ravi Karunanayake.
The main witness in the case is the controller of foreign exchange. Considering that the Central Bank, the workplace of the controller of foreign exchange, being under the finance ministry would upset the case, Mr. Wickremesinghe, being a lawyer, has taken away the bank from the jurisdiction of the finance ministry. Legal experts say this act by the PM is a case in point of the practical implementation of accountability.
Ranil Blames Swarnavahini Administration For Sacking Bandula
January 23, 2015
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has revealed the truth behind the speculations of a top politician in the new government being involved in the sacking of Bandula Padmakumara from the popular program Mul Pituwa.
Revealing the truth behind the removal of the former Lakehouse Chairman from the program, the PM had said the decision has not been influenced by any political pressure whatsoever from the new government and that it is the Swarnavahini Chairman’s independent choice.
When questioned about the removal, the PM had told the popular literary figure Upul Shantha Sannasgala that he did not give any instructions for Bandula P to be sacked from Swarnavahini.
“Chairman of Swarnavahini, Jeewaka Edirisinghe had phoned the PM and had said that Bandula P is running Mul Pituwa against the new government and its policies and had asked whether or not he should be sacked,” Sannasgala said.
In response, the PM had informed Jeewaka that Bandula’s continuation in Swarnavahini is of no concern to him and that as the Chairman of the media institution it is up to him to do whatever he wishes.
However, upon requesting Bandula P to step down from hosting the Mul Pituwa program, the Swarnavahini administration spread a rumour that the decision was made due to increasing political pressure from the newly formed government.
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