"We note with serious concern the purchase of close to 8 million shares of The Finance Company by the National Savings Bank at 65 percent above its current market price," opposition legislator Harsha de Silva said in a statement.
"What logic was employed to pay Rs 49.75 for shares of this high risk and loss making financial institution when it was last traded at the Colombo Stock Exchange for only Rs 30.00 is more than a puzzle."
De Silva said The Finance Company had an accumulated loss of over 9.0 billion rupees and even if has a made a moderate profit, a 65 percent premium over market price was extremely high.
"Therefore, in the interest of the depositor base of NSB as well as the public at large, it becomes imparative that authorities provide satisfactory answers to the questions on this transaction," he said.
"In a country where its citizen's are denied the right to information and where governance principles are jack booted with impunity by people of power it becomes critically important that we as the main opposition not only raise these issues in public interest but media and civil society pressure the authorities for satisfactory answers not only to protect democracy but also economic freedom and the wealth of the people."
De Silva had earlier raised queries over purchase of stock at inflated prices by the Employees Provident Fund, a state-managed retirement fund of private citizens.