Supreme Court holds no need to arrest Madumadhawa

The Supreme Court today ruled that there was no need to arrest Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Deputy Leader Madumadhawa Aravinda in connection with the tense situation that arose in Minuwangoda on 13 May.

A three-judge bench comprising justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, L. T. B. Dehideniya and P. Padman Surasena accepted the fundamental rights petition filed by Aravinda seeking a Supreme Court order preventing his arrest.

This was following representations made today by the Attorney General’s department accepting that, as per investigations carried out so far that have not revealed any evidence linking the petitioner to the incident, there was no need to arrest him.

The popular singer turned politician filed the FR petition earlier this month, arguing that there was no evidence whatsoever that he had actively encouraged or incited any incident of communal violence.

A video circulated on social media the day after the spate of communal violence that engulfed in parts of the country including Minuwangoda showed Aravinda walking past traffic on the Minuwangoda bridge, seemingly suggesting his involvement.

Claiming that he had only done so to speak to a police officer about the resultant congestion, the petitioner moved the Supreme Court in his FR application seeking an Interim Order preventing his arrest in connection with the violence.

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