Singapore requests more time to study Mahendran’s extradition docs

Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has requested more time to study the documents submitted by the Government of Sri Lanka in regard to the extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

This was revealed when the CBSL bond scam case was taken up today before Special High Court bench consisting of Judges Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.

Deputy Solicitor General Parinda Ranasinghe, representing the Attorney General, told the Court that the AGC had informed the government of Sri Lanka that these documents are currently under study and requires more time to conclude the process.

Deputy Solicitor General said that the AGC will subsequently take appropriate legal measures to repatriate Mahendran to Sri Lanka.

The case was scheduled to be taken up again on 31 March 2020.

The 21,000 page extradition document prepared by the Attorney General’s Department reached Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers in October.

Arjuna Mahendran, a Singapore national of Sri Lankan origin, was accused in 2015 of passing sensitive information to his bond-dealer son-in-law Arjun Aloysius, to make millions in undue profits.

Mahendran had been indicted in June 2019 before the Permanent High Court at Bar for causing losses of over US$11 million to the state.

Former Central Bank Governor Lakshman Arjuna Mahendran, former Central Bank Deputy Governor Paththinige Samarasiri, Perpetual Treasuries Limited, PTL owner Arjun Joseph Aloysius, CEO Kasun Oshadhi Palisena, chairman Geoffrey Joseph Aloysius, directors Pushyamithra Gunawardena, Chitta Ranjan Hulugalle, Muthuraja Surendran and Ajahn Gardiye Punchihewa were named as the defendants of the bond scam case.