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Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa today has filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an interim order directing the Kaduwela Magistrate to release him from remand custody.

In his petition filed through Counsel Sanath Wijewardane, Mr. Rajapaksa cited 45 persons including the ministers of cabinet, police chief N.K. Ilangakoon and the Attorney General as respondents.

He further sought a declaration that all steps taken in consequence of gazette No.1901/20 dated 13.2.2015 over Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) were null and void and had no force or effect in law.

The petitioner stated that he was arrested and remanded for paying compensation and gratuity to Samurdhi recipients from the funds of Divineguma community based bank by the Divineguma Department. He further said that another allegation in the case was the use of funds of the Divineguma Department to print 5 million almanacs for the year 2015. He stated that this was done by a lot of government institutions and was a periodic practice.

The petitioner stated after his purported arrest on April 22, he was made aware that the said FCID has been established on February 13 under the patronage of Prime Minister wherein special complaints were forwarded by the cabinet sub-committee directly to the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of frauds and corruption.

He alleged there was a continuing violation of his fundamental rights in that he was continually being kept in remand custody and the FCID was objecting to bail.

He further sought an order to issue a declaration that there was an imminent infringement and imminent violation of the petitioner’s fundamental rights as guaranteed by Articles 12, 12[1], 12[2], 13[1] and 14[1][h] of the constitution.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Desmond Jeromme Friday, 22 May 2015 09:08 AM

    Basil you being a worst criminal (IRC) with what intention you are fighting? The whole world knows that you played out our country with your brothers.

    de silva Friday, 22 May 2015 04:53 PM

    What fundamental rights he is speaking.He should go to USA and ask for rights.Not here.

    gerard mano Friday, 22 May 2015 11:14 AM

    You have NO fundamental rights. Enjoy the JAIL a place for you

    TONY Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:36 PM

    GOOD LUCK

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:38 PM

    Basil better you fly a kite, you are a cheater and a looter, the whole world knows.

    sunny Friday, 22 May 2015 01:28 PM

    Some one should inquire allegation made against Sajith on Samurdhi payment and put him also behind bars. They, the arrest of Basil could be justified.Also must find out how Sajith gets money to gift to all temples/churches without doing a job.

    J Palitha Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:57 PM

    Having committing endless sins, now you are trying to be innocent. Your house is - THE JAIL, nothing else man.

    Piumi Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:59 PM

    Why the relevant institutions have not kept the correct records in books. This is a fine example for all authorities to keep accounting records in future correctly to minimize problems like these.

    Sethsiri Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:01 PM

    Most of the Judges were politically appointed by the former regime, They need to be replaced for the jurisdiction to be really independent


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