The government should arrest former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen as those in the present regime made many accusations against him during the presidential election, UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday.
She told a press conference that it is Mr. Bathiudeen who should be arrested as allegations were against him by those in the present government. “Those in this government alleged that Mr. Bathiudeen destroyed Wilpattu National Park and cleared the forests. Therefore, we wonder why they are not arresting him,” Ms. Premachandra said.
“Those in the previous regime never talked of Dr. Rajitha Senaratne or MP Patali Champika Ranawaka but about Mr. Bathiudeen,” she added.
“Mr. Bathiudeen will never be arrested as many who issued gazette notifications on Willpattu and others who were involved will be exposed then,” she further said.
Ms. Premachandra said no criminal case can be filed against Dr. Senaratne if the charge is insulting the rulers by getting two persons to say at a press conference that they drive white vans which abducted persons prior to 2015.
She said Dr. Senaratne organised the media conference following the request made by the two persons involved. (Yohan Perera)