Attorney General instructs CID to act on instructions to arrest Rishad Bathiudeen
Posted on October 15th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News

Attorney General Dappula de Livera has instructed DIG Prasad Ranaweera of the CID to act without disregarding the advice of the Attorney General and court orders.

That was when the DIG of the CID was summoned to the Attorney General’s Department this afternoon (15) to inquire into the delay in the arrest of MP Rishad Bathiudeen.

The Attorney General yesterday ordered the police to arrest three persons, including the former Member of Parliament, on charges of misusing public property and violating election laws by transporting displaced voters to Mannar on SLTB buses on the day of the last Presidential Election when he was the Minister of Resettlement.

Meanwhile, MP Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking and order to prevent his arrest.

The Acting Inspector General of Police, the DIG of the CID and seven other officers have been named as respondents in the petition stating that the allegations of misusing government funds are baseless.

He has emphasized in his petition that he was transporting the displaced voters with the approval of the then Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

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