President Maithripala Sirisena says his objective to appoint a Presidential Commission to inquire into the Central Bank bond, was to give the utmost punishment to those who are guilty of offenses.

“Though some people allege that a Presidential Commission was appointed to cover up the bond issue, I came out from the former government because of its frauds, corruption and mis-governance and I did not want to form such a government again” the President emphasized.

The President was speaking at a ceremony held today (Jan. 25) at the Abhayarama Temple in Narahenpita.

“The Parliament debate on the Central Bank bond issue was only an incident of leveling allegations against each other. Everybody should act with understanding about fulfilling of their responsibilities honestly”, he said.

He further stated that as the President, he is ready to punish anybody who will be guilty of malpractices in the bond issue. “I always act upon the trust of the people”, the President said.

Furthermore, the President said that relevant investigations will be conducted by appointing this kind of Presidential Commission to inquire into the bond issues.

During the past 07, 08 years too similar things happened and another Presidential Commission will be appointed to conduct investigations on the bond issue during the past two years, he said.

A religious ceremony was held under the patronage of the President to unveil the 54- feet high replica of the Aukana Buddha Statue at the Narahenpita Abayaramaya Temple.

The Maha Sangha including Most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thero Supreme Prelate of Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Most Ven Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Thero, Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Anunayake

Thera, the chief incumbent of Abhayaramaya, Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, Ministers and MPs and many others participated at this event.

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