The stock market mafia is trying to get Nalaka Godahewa appointed as the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman to fill the vacancy created by Thilak Karunaratne’s resignation.
Nalaka Godahewa is currently the head of the Tourism Promotions Board that is under the purview of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Thilak Karunaratne and Nalaka Godahewa are old boys of Ananda College.
Godahewa was introduced to the political scene by well known casino businessman Dhammika Perera. They are both from Ananda College’s 1984 batch.
Godahewa was appointed as an advisor to the Board of Investments (BoI) when Transport Ministry Secretary and casino king Dhammika Perera was appointed as the head of the Board. Godahewa held the post of Managing Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation before that and was removed after millionaire businessman Harry Jayawardena took over the Corporation.
Once the Insurance Corporation was taken back by the government, Dhammika Perera took measures to get Godahewa re-appointed as the head of the Corporation. However, it was a member of the stock market mafia, Dilith Jayaweera who introduced Godahewa to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
They were later involved in many irregular transactions in the Colombo Stock Exchange and it was Godahewa and Jayaweera who managed to acquire Colombo Land that owns Liberty Plaza.
Godahewa also helped Jayaweera in many irregular transactions in the stock market through Jayaweera’s Divesa Investments. Godahewa has also helped Dhammika Perera and well-known racketeer, Nimal Perera in many of their irregular stock transactions.
Godahewa had carried out many irregular transactions for Dhammika Perera when he served as an advisor to the BoI.
In this backdrop, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has objected to moves to get Godahewa appointed to head the SEC and has proposed the name of former IGP Chandra Fernando to the post.
Meanwhile, Godahewa, Dhammika Perera and Dilith Jayaweera have been accused of secretly supporting former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka during the last Presidential election.
It has now been revealed that Jayaweera, who handled the President’s campaign at the last Presidential election, had left the country during the period of the election stating he had to attend to his wife’s medical requirements due to an agreement reached with Fonseka.
The Defence Secretary took measures to chase away Priyantha and Roshantha Kariyapperuma after they were found to have met with Fonseka during the Presidential election campaign. Footage from the CCTV cameras in Fonseka’s office revealed the Kariyapperuma brothers meeting Fonseka.
However, Godahewa, Jayaweera and Perera continue to be in the First Family’s circle since they help launder monies for the Rajapaksas.
Godahewa has openly said that he had supported Fonseka since he was related to him and because they hail from the same hometown. As for Dhammika Perera and Nimal Perera, it is now a well known fact that their monies were taken to Fonseka by a Muslim potlican in the opposition.