Matara District Joint Opposition (JO) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene yesterday charged that the United National Party (UNP) should be held directly accountable for the Central Bank (CB) bond issue, which he termed as Sri Lanka's largest daylight robbery in its recent history. He further alleged that it could also be identified as the biggest such scam that had taken place in the entire South Asian region in recent history.
The SLFP MP stated that thanks to the work of the Special Presidential Commission (SPC) set up to probe the issue many hidden details related to the scam had been exposed and advised the public to prepare for more revelations in the coming months.
"The UNP has a perfect record when it comes to robbing the country's resources but never have they robbed it in the manner that it was done at the Central Bank. The CB falls under the purview of the Prime Minister and this robbery had in fact been committed under his watch. One thing I can guarantee to the country is that all those behind the alleged scam will be punished under a future regime led by Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Now these people have set up media outlets and that has been done to tide over this bond crisis. However, as the JO, we have decided to shun the media outlets operated by those behind the CB bond scam, Abeywardene said.