The Sunday Leader

Crackdown On Illegal Deals

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The new government is to review agreements signed between the former government and other countries.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told The Sunday Leader that legal action will be taken against anyone, irrespective of their status, if they are found to have been responsible in illegal deals.

He also stressed that the government of President Maithripala Sirisena will take legal action against anyone found guilty of corruption.

Questions have been raised over some of the agreements signed between the former government and China.

The government has already decided to review the Chinese funded Port City project and similarly other projects will also be reviewed.

The new government had said it will review the billion-dollar port deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd over concerns about the Chinese company getting land on a freehold basis in a high security zone.

Under the proposed $1.5 billion deal, 108 hectares of land will be given to the Chinese firm to cover its investment costs, including 20 hectares on an outright basis and the rest on a 99-year lease.

An Indian diplomat who has knowledge of the project had told Reuters the 20-hectare plot is a security concern because of the large number of India-bound cargo that pass through Colombo port.

Meanwhile Karunanayake said that the present government will make a viable plan to grant relief to the public.

He also said that the levies on essential goods would be decreased thereby providing concessions to the people.

The Finance Minister also said that the government would create more employment opportunities.

7 Comments for “Crackdown On Illegal Deals”

  1. First thing to do is investigate Ravi Karunanayake for his illegal money laundering with US convicted Raj Rajarathnam. I think Each and Every socall Change and Yahapalanaya Morans think that ministers in new Government are clean and brand new figures. Forget about , First of all they have to investigate Chandrika Bandaranayake for steeling money (9bn Rs) from JAICA grant received during her regim to Colombo -Katunayaka Hwy with her personal friend Roni Pieris.

  2. Ma Per

    Well and good if this is done. But first Ravi K hs too clear his name about some shady foreign exchange deals.. And some controversy about Sathosa. Finance is a veery important portfolio

  3. daggy

    First let Karunanayake postphone his mini budget and attend court for the hearing against him fixed for that day.

    Ravi’s cunning fox pass exposed.
    The 01st in a series of yahapalanaya.
    Probably, Ravi is not aware of the sinhala meaning of the word Yahapalanaya.

    Where are the other politicians yelling Yahapalanaya voicing out against Ravi’s cunning deceit ?
    Will the Courts of Sri Lanka buy Ravi’s cunningly arranged excuse?

    In the first place, why was he appointed minister of Finance ?
    Masses can wait for relief, Ravi need to attend courts.
    That is Yahapalanaya.

    Good appointment. Fox in charge of the chicken. Who appointed him ?

  4. The budget of the new regime on the 29th of this month appears to have been scheduled deliberately to clash with the raj Rajaratnam illicit funds credited and obtained in Ravi Karaunanayaka’s name and the other irregular deals and scandals of the past by him is something to be questioned and detested,in regard to his appointment as Finance Minister. The appointment of Cabral as governor of the CB was bad enough, sadly this makes it worse.

  5. NAK

    Mr. Minister,You are requires to appear in court on the 29th Jan 2015.Please make sure that you do.
    According to the Indian dilplomat what ever we do with the chinese is a security risk fir the Indians. This project will be given the green light once the new suckers get their potion!

  6. then parliament was control by the president,the government stooges will vote with the government foreign tenders mr Rajapaska sold the srilanka to foreign countries with help of government top officials. illeagal work,million of dollers were swindle by the government.the reason to cost of living went up people could not bear it, unemployed could not raise the head,if they found guilty they must send to jail,

  7. Malin

    How about your (Ravi K) deal with Raj Rajaratnam (who is in jail in America)receiving $390 million dollars to your account? Is it legal?

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