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* COPE to keep forensic audit reports of Central Bank bond issue confidential until next parliament session
Tue, Dec 3, 2019, 09:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 03, Colombo: The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to keep the forensic audit reports of the Central Bank bond incident confidential until the next COPE committee is established in the new parliament session in January.

The Communications Department of the Parliament says the COPE Chairman Sunil Handunneththi has decided to keep the audit reports at the COPE Secretariat without opening until the next session of the parliament.

Speaking at a media briefing in Matara today, COPE Chairman MP Handunneththi said the Committee has received reports of five forensic audits from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and they can only be used by COPE members.

He said the reports should be used only for legal purposes and be kept confidential in accordance with the instructions given by the Attorney General.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution, yesterday issued the gazette notification proroguing the Parliament.

With the signing of the gazette notification by the President, the third session of the 8th Parliament marked its closure from midnight Monday (02). The fourth session of the 8th Parliament is due to commence on the 3rd of January 2020.

Upon prorogation of parliament committees for Special Purposes including the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), cease to function during the prorogation of Parliament and have to be reestablished when the parliament convenes.


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