W. M. Mendis paid Arjuna Mahendran’s credit card bill
The Criminal Investigations Department informed courts today (June 7), a sum of Rs. 3.2 million had been paid to the Former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran on three separate occasions by W. M. Mendis & Co. Ltd.
Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda presenting facts before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court in the case pertaining to the bond scam said the money had been spent to settle the payments of the credit card that the former governor received from the Central Bank. The mentioned credit card does not have a credit limit.
The cheques had been handed over to an office assistant by Amila Dahanayake, the secretary of the former governor, to be encashed. The Additional Solicitor General has also informed that a state minister has received two cheques worth Rs. 1 million each on two separate occasions.
One cheque had been issued on 31st of March 2016, the day the second controversial Central Bank bond scam took place. It has been revealed in court that a coordinating officer of the said state minister has been interrogated regarding this payment.
It was further revealed that a former minister who had received a cheque worth Rs. 1 million on a prior occasion had received another cheque worth Rs. 1 million. The beneficial owner of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena were further remanded until June 21.