The hot news doing the rounds yesterday (2), was that a prominent Minister had got Rs 150 million into his account from overseas.
Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, responding to a journalist’s query, had said that he is neither aware of the transaction nor whether the said account had been frozen due to the investigations being conducted against the Minister.
The Governor stated: “Although the Financial Intelligence Unit is affiliated to the Central Bank, it functions independently. If there is such a thing, they will carry out the inquiry. I have no idea of the alleged suspicious transactions. I hold the Chairmanship of the National Anti-Money Laundering And Combating the Financing of Terrorism Strategy and Plan, but I cannot interfere with this.”
When a journalist asked if he was not aware of the investigations taking place connected to the transfer of money to a minister’s bank account, Senior Deputy Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe said such information was not known to anyone, including the Governor. Only the officials who are engaged in the investigation might know about that, but it the law restricts such information being revealed or discussed.