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Dappula faults CID for not nabbing Bathiudeen – AG’s Spokeswoman

FILE PHOTO – Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen

ECONOMYNEXT – The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has upbraided the Criminal Investigation Department over Police actions over the failure to arrest former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, the AG’s Department said.

A statement released by the de Livera’s Coordinating Officer Nishara Jayaratna said that the AG had summoned the Deputy Inspector General of Police CID Prasad Ranasinghe to his office today and spoken to him about the arrest of Bathiudeen.

The AG 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.

The statement said that the AG had advised DIG Ranasinghe to uphold the Rule of Law and act in a manner that “builds the confidence that the general public has in the Police not lose their confidence.”

He said that the Police should not take instructions from the AG or the courts lightly and act in a timely manner.

The “people who help wanted persons to escape the police,” should be caught by the law, the AG had said.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” he added according to the statement.

This morning lawyers for former Minister Bathiudeen 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.

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

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

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The Police officer who was assigned for Bathiudeen’s security is also in custody. (Colombo, October 15, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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