Aug 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Katunayake today resigned from his portfolio after allegations surfaced that he indirectly benefitted from the Central Bank Treasury Bond scam.
The Minister making a special statement in Parliament this afternoon said that a he took this decision to maintain the respect and the dignity of parliament and the government.
Karunanayake said his name is linked to the Central Bank bond issue and he took the decision to resign for the sake of his party, the country, his party members and for a new political culture.
"This is a move to protect democratic rule of the consensus government, Minister Karunanayake adding that he gave up his portfolio to build a positive and exemplary political tradition in the country.
Reiterating that he was not guilty of the charges levelled against him, Minister Karunanayake said some groups in order to avoid punishment for their wrong doings are attempting to disrupt the democratic process in the country and to topple the government to regain power.
He said conspiracies cannot ruin the United National Party, cannot tarnish the good governance government's journey, nor can conspirators ruin the President's and Prime Minister's democratic journey.
Karunanayake said the dictatorial Rajapaksa regime that was defeated cannot be allowed to destabilize the country again. Therefore he was setting an example by deciding to resign from his post, he said.
The former Finance Minister said that history and time will reveal the truth and his innocence and reveal the truth since he has never committed anything wrong.
After making the special statement in parliament resigning from the ministerial post, Karunanayake took a seat as a member of parliament in a back row.