Politics not involved in Champika’s arrest

20 December 2019 09:41 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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While saying that the law will take its course and there is no politics involved in the arrest and detention of former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, State Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said Attorney General Dappula De Livera was an extremely strict public officer who does not listen even to the President.

Responding to a Daily Mirror journalist at today’s news briefing, he flatly dismissed opposition claims that the legal action against Mr. Ranawaka was politically motivated.

The dialogue between the Daily Mirror and the Minister is as follows:

Daily Mirror: Why has the government arrested and detained Mr. Ranawaka after he was exonerated by a court? Is this political vengeance?

Minister Nanayakkara: Not at all. The government did not arrest him in the first place. He was arrested by the Police on the instructions of the Attorney General.

DM: The Colombo Traffic Court on February 29, 2016, ruled that there was insufficient evidence to frame charges against Mr. Ranawaka.

Minister: That was in 2016. The AG’s Department may have enough evidence against him by now. AG Dappula De Livera is very strict. He does not listen to anyone concerning his official duties. When the President asked him about a person to be arrested whether the matter could be sorted out without his arrest. Dappuala said ’no’.

Another Journalist: What is your view on this arrest?

Minister: I can’t say anything on the matter. The law will take its course and I don’t know whether he is guilty or not. I can only say that no politics is involved in this.

Journalist: Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says due procedure was not followed in the arrest of Mr. Ranawaka.

Minister Nanayakkara: I can’t comment on that. But I know that Speaker has to be informed if and when an MP is arrested.

Journalist: The government is on the verge of arresting former minister Rajitha Senaratne also. Is this not political witch hunt?

Minister: No. As I said earlier if the police have evidence against him he would be arrested.

DM: Some members of the SLPP say the SLPP must contest the general election on its own without the support of the SLFP as it did at the presidential poll. Your comments?

Minister: I don’t agree with that policy. We won the presidential poll contesting as an alliance. If there is no alliance, there will be no government.

DM: President Gotabaya expects a two-thirds majority in parliament at the forthcoming parliamentary polls contesting under the SLPP-SLFP led alliance.

Minister: Very doubtful.  (Sandun A Jayasekera)

 

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  • sam silva Friday, 20 December 2019 10:10 PM

    It was the victim who filed the case as per news. The two witnesses have come forward to testify who was the real driver. Why can't Champika prove that he was not the real driver.

    Chux Friday, 20 December 2019 10:51 PM

    What a joker he is???

    Joseph rajah Saturday, 21 December 2019 06:14 PM

    It is widely expected that law and order will be pushed under rug. Hitler was elected by the people and SWRD and Uneducated Srima top elected by the people. Theee hours I stayed on the line for one pound of bread. Middle East should expel all the extremist went to vote for this government who is treating Muslims are like dogs. Nandeaena won the war because whole world supported him now he will fail because he has the support of the beggars pakistan, Egypt and African countries.

    Kekille King Sunday, 22 December 2019 03:06 PM

    It seems to me , this road accident is the ONE and ONLY road accident that happened in Sri Lanka . How about the road accident that killed the OIC of borella police driven by a son of a VVIP ? .

    Ra jith Sunday, 22 December 2019 05:58 PM

    Bullahit


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