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Bathiudeen files petition to prevent his arrest

FILE PHOTO – Rishad Bathiudeen/Facebook

ECONOMYNEXT – Lawyers for former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen have filed a writ petition before the Court of Appeal to prevent his arrest after the Police said they have deployed six teams to look for him.

The Attorney General last week instructed police to arrest Bathiudeen in connection with the alleged misuse of government funds to transport voters from Puttalam to Mannar during last year’s Presidential elections.

On Tuesday night Police nabbed his accountant and police bodyguard the Police spokesman said.

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana told reporters this afternoon that Alagaratnam Manoranjan, the accountant who allegedly organized the 222 buses to transport the voters at state expense had been arrested.

The Police officer who was assigned for Bathiudeen’s security is also in custody. “A police officer who is assigned to protect a VIP cannot aid or abet a person who is wanted by the police for their inquiries,” Rohana said.

Two vehicles, a Range Rover SUV and a Toyota Axio saloon were also seized along with two drivers, he said.

The voters in question are former Muslim residents of Mannar who were driven out from their homes by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the early stages of the separatist war.

About 10,000 of them have been living in the Puttalam area for a long period of time. Of them, 4,500 remain registered as voters in Mannar.

(Colombo, October 15, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana





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