Order investigation on Gammanpila, Harin urges president
ECONOMYNEXT – Action must be taken against Minister Udaya Gammanpila for his recent remarks about hiding fellow Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) member Madumadawa Aravinda, a wanted man, for 35 days, opposition MP Harin Fernando said.
Citing the incumbent government’s “one law, one country” mantra, Fernando told reporters today that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ought to order an investigation into the minister’s claim.
Last week, when asked about law enforcement’s purported inability to arrest MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who at the time was missing following an arrest order, Gammanipla told reporters that, during the previous administration, he and his associates were able to hide Aravinda until the the latter obtained a court order preventing his arrest. Gammanpila further said that the police should’ve been more efficient in its efforts to arrest Bathuideen who was awaiting a similar interim injunction against his imminent arrest.
MP Fernando said Minister Gammanpila brought “disgrace” upon the law by making such a statement publicly flanked by two lawyers. The minister is a lawyer himself.
Meanwhile, ending nearly a week-long search, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested MP Bathiudeen this morning at a luxury apartment at Ebenezer Place in Dehiwala.
A couple living in the apartment was arrested along with the MP on charges of providing refuge to the latter.
The Attorney General last week instructed police to arrest Bathiudeen over alleged misuse of government funds to transport voters from Puttalam to Mannar during last year’s presidential elections.
Following the Attorney General’s instructions, the police tried to arrest the former minister but only managed to nab his accountant and police bodyguard as the former could not be located until today. (Colombo/Oct19/2020)