Controversial businessman Ravi Wettasinghe who had been on an open warrant was arrested by Immigration officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport this evening whilst attempting to leave the country for Dubai.
Mr. Wettasinghe who had arrived at the airport around 5.00 pm was prevented from leaving the country as his name was in the ‘Immigration Stop List’, Immigration sources said.
He was then handed over to the Katunayake Police and is to be produced in the Negombo Magistrates Courts today, SP Negombo Division J K S H Liyanage said.
Ravi Wettasinghe became the Chairman of Wesco, after he bought over the CTB’s Werahera Central Workshop for Rs. 25 million in 1993.
The controversial entrepreneur fled the country amidst certain financial crisis within the bus company leaving the government to pay Rs.460 million as salaries for the employees.
An open warrant had been issued by the Bandarawela Magistrate Courts for the arrest of Mr. Wettasinghe over several pending cases.(Kevin Kariyawasam)
Comments - 8
Patriot Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:29 PM
It does not matter who come into power. Only Sinhalese businessmen are targeted.
Mohan Sunday, 22 February 2015 01:18 AM
Ravi, was a pioneer who started many industries in SL. Late buses were manufactured in SL using TATA engine and Rolling chassis for RS 2,100,000 when the same Bus was purchased from india for 3,000,000 by Fauzi (then transport minister) he was even willing to give 5 year free maintenace and still rejected as under the table deal was more lucrative to the then minister.ratwatha robbed this guy of 20 million during chandrika govt. this guy had a collection of fancy cars (including ferarie), private jet and bell ranger helicopters in 90s. Not like present leaders he need not rob
Lyn Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:24 PM
The ministry of labour is being bribed by Ravi Wethasninghe that is how he has got away with these issiuses.
Mangala Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:23 PM
Ravi K and Ravi W are classmates so sure he will get away soon. Further he is close to Ranil as well.
joker Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:28 PM
The name Ravi seems to be synonymous with the Police and Courts via DM Android App
JJ Saturday, 21 February 2015 08:12 PM
This POS is a maniacle theif. From his young days a spoil brat never an honest moment. His father Buddy Wettasinghe died a pauper after being one of the richest businessmen in the 70s in SL. Direct results of unworthy POS like junior. Junior has bounced checks on rentals trying to live large in SL unpaid bills all over the country and scamming investors. Lock him up and throw away the keys. Better yet give him a gun to shoot himself and call it a mercy killing.
ED Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:45 PM
THIS GUY IS NOT A SERIOUS PERSON WHO PEOPLE THINK AS A BUSINESSMAN. HE HAS BRAINWASHED EVEN THE POLITICIANS. JUST IMAGINE AFTER ALL THE LOOTING OF OF THE MONEY AT THE CTB WERAHERA DEPOT HE HAS THE GUTS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. I AM SURE IF HE IS A FRIEND OF RAVI K AND OF RANIL W. THEN HE MUST HAVE THOUGHT THAT HE COULD GO AWAY TO ATTEND THE DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL !!!!!!!! WETTASINGHE GOOD LUCK
Robin Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:37 AM
What about Ravi Karunanayaka who avoid appearing court on 29th January by fixing the same date to present the Budget in Parliament
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