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Rajitha surrenders to CID

Former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been arrested after he surrendered to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago, says the Police Spokesperson.

Senaratne is scheduled to be produced before courts.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today (13) ordered the CID to produce former minister before the court.

The order was issued after the Colombo High Court dismissed the decision of the Colombo Magistrate’s Court to grant bail to the former MP over the controversial “white van” press conference, this morning.

Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Thilakaratne had accordingly set aside the Colombo Magistrate’s decision when the Attorney General’s revision application against granting bail to the former minister was taken up.

The former Health Minister was arrested last December and remanded over the controversial “white van” press conference organized by him in November, but he continued to receive treatment at the hospital.

On December 30, Colombo Magistrate’s Court ordered to release Senaratne on bail.

However, the Attorney General filed a revision application on January 08 challenging the decision of the Magistrate Court to grant bail to the former Health Minister.

The Attorney General, in his revision application, had pointed out that the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has not taken into consideration the submissions by the prosecution before delivering the verdict to release Senaratne on bail.

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