Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne has said there was no issue with COPE members speaking to the owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius, who is under investigation over the Central bank bond scam.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet media briefing yesterday, he said that the issue would arise only if a non- COPE member had dealings with Aloysius.
Minister Senaratne also found fault with the revealing of the details of the phone conversations during the testimony but insisted that he found nothing wrong with COPE members maintaining contact.
He added that a speedier and thorough court inquiry was necessary to go to the bottom of the bond scam and punish those involved.
Meanwhile, Co- Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara had a contradictory view on the matter.
At the Cabinet media briefing yesterday, he admitted that there was a “major issue” in the fact that members of the COPE Committee had conversations with Arjun Aloysius.
Minister Jaysekera also defended the two calls and meeting he had with Aloysius and said that he did not find any need to declare meeting Aloysius at any point.
Jayasekara, while admitting that there were more than two conversations with Aloysius went on to say that he knew Aloysius previously.
On the day of the first revelation of the phone calls Last week, Jayasekara told the media that there were only two calls and a meeting, but yesterday he admitted to previous communications.