Mahendran’s phone records show calls to PTL CEO Palisena
Posted on November 16th, 2017

Shehan Chamika Silva and Hafeel Farisz Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The forensic communication report presented before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) by SI Yasanka Jayasinghe of the CID today revealed phone calls between former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran and several employees of PTL including CEO Kasun Palisena.

It was also revealed that Mahendran had had spoken with the Chairmen of the BoC, NSB and People’s Bank on the day that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had called a meeting of the State Banks.

The forensic report also showed constant contact between PTL CEO Arjuna Aloysius and EPF dealer Indika Saman Kumara.

Placing a forensic report on communication information analysis of several concerned people with regard to the bond inquiry, Senior Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda today led evidence of sub inspector Yasanka Jayasinghe (data analyzer), who had prepared the document.

This report was prepared based on the data received from the telecommunication service providers (SLT, Mobitel, Dialog, Etisalat and Airtel) and the data extracted from the mobile phone of Arjun Aloysius by the CID.

The witness first explained about the findings of the Communication details of former Governor Arjuna Mahendran during the time period of January 23, 2015 to June 20 2017.

Arjuna Mahendran – Kasun Palisena

-According to this report it was revealed that there were 27 phone calls between Arjuna Mahendran and Perpetual Treasuries Ltd CEO Kasun Palisena.

-While Mahendran was serving as the Governor of CBSL, there were 7 calls.

-Out of the 27 calls, which contained both incoming and outgoing calls, eight (8) calls were between the time period of 6 p.m. – 8 a.m.

-There were also seven (7) text messages between them as well

-The content of one text message sent from Arjuna Mahendran to Kasun Palisena on May 16, 2015 is as follows:

Arjunamahendranhotmail.com”

SASG Yasantha Kodagoda: Have you found any phone call information similar to this which shows that Arjun Mahendran had phone calls with other CEOs of stand alone Primary Dealer companies?

Witness SI Yasanka Jayasinghe: No

SASG Kodagoda: Aiyo! (in a sarcastic manner)

Arjuna Mahendran – Saman Kumara

-It was revealed that there were 30 phone calls between Arjuna Mahendran and former EPF dealer Saman Kumara.

– Telephone calls during the period to Mr. Indika Saman Kumara when he served as a Senior Manager of the Public Debt Department = 7

-Telephone calls during the period Mr. Indika Saman Kumara served as Senior Assistant Superintendent of the Employees Provident Fund = 16

– Telephone calls during the period Mr. Indika Saman Kumara worked in the Facilities Management Department of the Central Bank (from 1st January 2017 onwards) = 7

-Total number of telephone calls between Mr. Arjuna Mahendran and Mr. Indika Saman Kumara after routine office hours5 = 10

-Total number of calls between Mr. Arjuna Mahendran and Mr. Indika Saman Kumara, after Mr. Arjuna Mahendran ceased to be the Governor of the Central Bank (30.06.2016) = 11

-Text messages during the period 01.02.2016 to 20.06.2017 between Mr. Arjuna Mahendran and Mr. Indika Saman Kumara = 12

Arjuna Mahendran – S. Pathumanapan, an official at CBSL

-Telephone calls during the period 23.01.2015 and 20.06.2017 between Mr. Arjuna Mahendran and Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan6 = 19

-Telephone calls during the period 23.01.2015 to 01.04.2015 when Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan worked at the Employees Provident Fund = 0

-Telephone calls during the period 02.04.2015 to 11.09.2017 when Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan worked at the Public Debt Department = 19

– Text messages between Mr. Arjuna Mahendran and Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan during the period 23.01.2015 and 20.06.2017 = 4

Arjuna Mahendran – Employees of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd

-Telephone calls during the period 01.02.2015 to 30.06.2016 between Mr. Arjuna Mahendran and certain other persons of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd and related companies= 15

-Nirosh Maxwald Jaksa (a driver of Arjun Aloysius), Muthurajah Surendran (Director of related company), Surani Neangoda and Sanath Bandara were the individuals that Mahendran had phone calls with.

Thereafter, SASG Yasantha Kodagoda placed all the Communication details Arjuna Mahendran had during the day of which the controversial first bond auction took place.

Communication contacts of Mr. Arjuna Mahendran on the 27th February 2015 (Date of the 1st Treasury Bond Auction examined by the Commission.)

-It was revealed that Arjuna Mahendran had started phone conversations around 7.39 a.m.

-There were 2 outgoing calls from Arjuna Mahedran’s phone to the Prime Minister at 12.38 p.m. after the auction floor closed.

-And also there were three incoming calls from the Prime Minister as well to Mahendran’s phone in the afternoon on the same day.

At this moment, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena citing an answer given by the Prime Minster for the questions asked by the Commission earlier said that Mr. Wickremesinghe had mentioned that he received a phone call from Arjuna Mahendran on February 27, 2015 and Mahendran had informed that he had raised Rs. 10.05 billion from the auction as it was relevant to inform the line minister of CBSL at that time who was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

SASG Kodagoda thereafter placed Communication details of Mr. Arjuna Mahendran during 1st to 4th April 2016.

-1st April 2016 (Friday) – Date of Intra-day Liquidity Facility default.

-2nd April 2016 (Saturday) – Date on which Mr. Arjun Aloysius met officials at the CBSL and the date on which Mr. Arjuna Mahendran discussed the matter with the Director, Domestic Operations Department regarding the default.

-4th April 2016 (Monday) – Date on which the default was settled following imposition and payment of a penalty.

In these details there were phone calls between Arjuna Mahendran and Mr. Paskaralingam on April 2,2016

Thereafter, SASG Kodagoda also revealed about the phone details of Mahendran during the time period where the state banks meeting was called by then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

Communication contacts of Mr. Arjuna Mahendran on 28th March 2016 (This is the date on which, the then Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake is said to have had a meeting with senior officials of State banks.)

It was revealed that Mahendran had phone calls with Chairman of BOC, Ronald Perera, PC, Ashwin De Silva, Chairman, NSB, and Hemasiri Fernando, Chairman, People’s Bank during a time period before or after the alleged state bank meeting on March 28, 2016.

And also there was an outgoing phone call between then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Mahendran in the afternoon on the same day as well.

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According to the forensic report, SASG Kodagoda thereafter pointed out the communication details of Arjun Aloysius and other concerned individuals during the period starting from September 2016.

Arjun Aloysius- Saman Kumara (EPF dealer), Ms. Thakshila Kumari and Amal Eroshan

– Telephone calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Indika Saman Kumara = 38
– Viber voice communication (including attempts to contact) between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Indika Saman Kumara during the period 23.10.2016 to 26.01.2017 = 448

– Number of viber voice calls between them during the period 8.00p.m. to 8.00a.m. = 131

– Telephone calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Ms. Thakshila Kumari, who is said to be the partner of Saman Kumara = 18

-Viber voice communication between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Ms. Thakshila Kumari from 09.03.2017 to 04.07.2017 = 30

– Viber voice calls during the time period 8.00pm to 8.00am = 20

Telephone calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Badugoda Hewa Amal Eroshan = 69 (According to the statement made by Mr. Indika Saman Kumara, Mr. Batugoda Hewa Amal Eroshan is his brother and works at Carson Cumberbatch Co).

– Text messages between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Badugoda Hewa Amal Eroshan = 27

-Viber voice calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Badugoda Hewa Amal Eroshan during the period 27.01.2017 to 26.05.2017 = 11

-WhatsApp voice communication between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Badugoda Hewa Amal Eroshan during the period 27.10.2016 to 06.07.2017 = 163

– WhatsApp communication during the time period 8.00pm to 8.00am = 34

After highlighting above communications details of Aloysius and former EPF dealer Saman Kuamara, SASG Kodagoda said that if one observe the way in which these two people had communicated with each other it is quite evident the nature of their relationship throughout this time period.

The forensic report also revealed the communications between Aloysius and Sangarapillai Pathumanapan, who was an official of CBSL

Aloysius-Pathumanapan

-Telephone calls during this period between 8.00pm and 8.00am = 33

-Telephone calls during the period Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan worked at the Public Debt Department = 53

-Telephone calls during the period Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan worked at the Employees Provident Fund = 8

-Viber voice calls from 23.10.2016 onwards between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan9 = 703

-The entirety of these Viber calls had been during the period Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan worked at the Public Debt Department.

– From 24.01.2017 onwards, they have not communicated using Viber voice, using as one party the mobile phone of Mr. Arjun Aloysius which was examined.

-Of those calls, calls during the period 8.00pm to 8.00am = 202

-According to the forensic report it was also revealed that Aloysius had communications continuously with the phone number belonging to Padumanapan’s brother, who was residing with Padumanapan at the same house.

It was also revealed that Mr. Pathumanapan’s phone number was found in Aloysius’ contact list as ‘Pat Man’

Communication details of Aloysius and Naveen Anuradha, who was the dealer at NSB

– Telephone calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Naveen Anuradha = 5

– Viber voice calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Naveen Anuradha = 189

– Of these calls, 50 calls have been taken and received by Mr. Arjun Aloysius between 8.00pm and 8.am

Mr. Naveen Anuradha had served as the Assistant Superintentent and Senior Assistant Superintendent of the Employees Provident Fund, as the Assistant Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank and as the Chief Dealer of the National Savings Bank.

Communications of Aloysius between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Dhanuka Liyanagamage

-There were 48 Telephone calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Dhanuka Liyanagamage, who is a Dealer in Treasury Bonds of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation

-Viber calls between Mr. Arjun Aloysius and Mr. Dhanuka Liyanagamage = 12

Finally the forensic report revealed an i-message received to Aloysius’ phone from on Sanjeewa Fernando, who was a director of perpetual related company.

iMessage received by Mr. Arjun Aloysius14 from Mr. Sanjeewa Fernando on 02.06.2017 at 1.30pm:

What is the amount to Thakshila(EPF dealer Saman Kumara’s partner). She wants to know the amount.”(This message is contained in page 3299 of the 11,794 page PDF document containing information extracted from the mobile phone of Mr. Arjun Aloysius. It had been deleted prior to extraction and reconstructed by the extraction tool)

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SASG Kodagoda also Pointed out the communications of Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd, Kasun Palisena.

Kasun Palisena – Saman Kumara

-Telephone calls between Mr. Kasun Palisena and Mr. Indika Saman Kumara= 38

-There were 14 Telephone calls and SMS exchanges between Mr. Kasun Palisena and Mr. Badugoda Hewa Amal Eroshan, who was the brother of Saman Kumara

-There were 22 Telephone calls and SMS exchanges between Mr. Kasun Palisena and Mr. Dhanuka Liyanagamage, who is the dealer of SLIC

According to the forensic report, it was revealed that there were two phone conversations between Kasun Palisena and Tyrell Goonetileke, who served in the Public Debt Department of the Central Bank as Senior Manager.

Saturday, 6th June 2015 @ 9.28pm for 90 minutes (5401 seconds).

Saturday, 6th June 2015 @ 10.59pm for 57 minutes (3414 seconds).

At this moment SASG Yasantha Kodagoda said that this was the time period when Perpetual Treasuries Ltd first dumped on EPF in the secondary market, the bonds purchased at the Primary Auction on February 27, 2015.

Communications of Mr. Indika Saman Kumara (EPF dealer)

-Telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Arjun Aloysius = 38
-Viber voice calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Arjun Aloysius = 448

-There were also 30 telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara’s phone and Mrs. Anjali Mahendran’s phone

-There were 167 telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Sanjeewa Fernando, who was a director of Perpetual related company.

-There was one telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Ajahn Punchihewa, who was a director of a PTL related company

-There were 4 telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Pushya Gunawardhana, who also functioned as a director at PTL related company

-There were six telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Muthurajah Surendran, who was a director of PTL

-There were 4 telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Sanath Bandara, who was the Chief Financial Officer, Perpetual Capital Holdings Ltd.

SMS exchanges between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Nuwan Salgado (Chief Dealer at PTL) = 23

-The SMS have been sent between 15th November 2016 to 27th January 2017.
-16 SMS have been sent between 8.00pm and 12.00 midnight.

There were 75 telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. Nirosh Maxwald Jaksa, who was a driver of Aloysius

– 43 calls received by Mr. Indika Saman Kumara have been between 8.00pm and 12.00 midnight.

-There were 13 telephone calls between Mr. Indika Saman Kumara and Mr. K.P. Gamini Kurukulasuriya, who was a driver of Mr. Arjun Aloysius.

Communication details of Pathumanapan, who was a CBSL official  

-Telephone calls during the period 05.02.2015 to 05.05.2015 and from 06.11.2015 to 22.01.2017 between Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan and Mr. Arjun Aloysius and = 61

-There were 703 Viber voice calls during the period 23.10.2016 to 24.01.2017 between Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan and Mr. Arjun Aloysius

– There were 30 telephone calls between Mr. Sangarapillai Pathumanapan and Mrs. Anjali Mahendran (nine calls have been given and received to and from Ms. Anjali Mahendran between 8.00pm and 8.00am)

Communication details of Naveen Anuradha, who was the dealer of NSB

-Telephone calls between Mr. Naveen Anuradha and Mr. Arjun Aloysius = 5

-Viber calls between Mr. Naveen Anuradha and Mr. Arjun Aloysius = 189

(Shehan Chamika Silva and Hafeel Farisz)

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