“We have not got a single contract from the government through influence. Anything that we got was through a normal process,” he told a stormy media briefing at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, called to proclaim his innocence over allegations that he was part of a ‘mafia’ that led to the resignations of two chairpersons of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).
Reporters pitched into him after he said that sections of the media had created an anti-government perception. Mr Jayaweera responded to all the questions including allegations that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had intervened on his behalf to stop an investigation by the SEC.
He initially denied that such a call was made but after persistent questions from the media, he said he believed that no such call was made. “Do you have evidence to show that such a call was not made or, did Mr Rajapaksa tell you that no such call was made to SEC Chairperson Thilak Karunaratne?” one reporter asked.
He then admitted that a call was made in his and Triad Joint Managing Director Varuni Amunugama’s presence to the SEC chairperson. “We were discussing various issues and I mentioned how I would like to meet Dr Karunaratne. Immediately Mr Rajapaksa said ‘I know him well’ and called the SEC Chairman and requested that he (Karunaratne) meet us,” he said. – Ends -