SC dismisses Rishad’s FR petition

SC dismisses Rishad’s FR petition

August 7, 2020   02:35 pm


The Supreme Court has rejected the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen seeking a court order preventing the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from arresting him over the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

The petition was taken up before the Supreme Court’s three-judge bench consisting of Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare and L.T.B. Dehideniya and S. Thurairajah today (07).

Raising objections, Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle said the interim orders as sought by the petitioner cannot be issued by the court as the investigations into the Easter Sunday terror attacks is a complex procedure.

The judge bench accordingly ruled that there is no sufficient legal basis to proceed with the hearing of the petition.

The leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) had filed the relevant FR petition before the Supreme Court on the 17th of July.

Officer in Charge of CID’ Special Investigation Unit Ravindra Wimalasiri, Officer in Charge of the CID, Director of the CID, Deputy Inspector General of the CID Nuwan Wedasinghe, Acting Inspector General of Police C.D. Wickramaratna and the Attorney General were named as the respondents of this petition.

The former minister had stressed that at no point in time had he involved in last year’s bombing incident which killed at least 250 and injured several hundred.

He sought the Supreme Court to issue an order stating that arresting him over alleged terrorist activities is a violation of his fundamental rights and a compensation of Rs. 50 million from the respondents.

In addition, he requested the highest judicial court to issue an interim order preventing the CID from arresting him until the hearing of the FR petition is concluded.

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