And in terms of the memorandum of association of Blue Class, among its general objects and powers are inter alia "make and accept all kinds of deals." Now, forming a tax haven company in Bahamas or anywhere else for that matter by Ronnie Peiris is no one's business and if a complaint of tax evasion is made to the British authorities, it is for the British Inland Revenue Department to investigate the truth or falsity of the complaint.
But what is relevant here in Sri Lanka is whether given the connections of Peiris, he has used this offshore company to peddle influence and push deals in Sri Lanka to the overall detriment of the economic interest of Sri Lanka.
After all when a man who is a house guest of the president seeks a favour, few will decline.
By this time the financial troubles of Peiris were mounting and he set his sights on doing business in Sri Lanka too, what with his good friends now in the seats of power and looked towards Bahamas to set up an offshore company.
The company that Ronnie Peiris so chose in keeping with his affinity towards the SLFP was named Blue Class International Inc.
The practice is to have a lawyer or two appointed as directors with the real owners staying in the background.
In this instance, Peiris has named himself as a director and the cat was out of the bag after he signed a consent document as director on April 2, 1996 to have the memorandum of association amended to change the registered office of the company and the registered agent.
Our investigation also revealed that an official complaint on the involvement of Ronnie Peiris in Blue Class International Inc and other projects is now to be lodged with the British Tax authorities with a view to having a full scale investigation into his activities to ascertain whether he has paid taxes on the income derived and also trace any disbursement he may have made from his account to any other persons.