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FR filed by Madumadawa fixed for support

The Fundamental Rights petition filed by popular singer and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Deputy Leader Madumadawa Aravinda seeking an Interim Order restraining police from arresting him in connection with violence which erupted in Minuwangoda was yesterday fixed for support by the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court three-judge bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena fixed the petition for support on June 13.

The court was informed that several respondents cited in the petition were yet to receive notices.

Filing this petition through counsel Thushara Dissanayaka , the petitioner Madumadawa Aravinda cited Minuwangoda Police Station OIC K.R Ajith Priyantha, Colombo North DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner states that there is no justifiable reason to arrest him, as he has not been involved in any incident either in Minuwangoda or in any other place with regard to the recent unrest.

The petitioner further states that he has a clean record and has never been charged or been suspected of being involved in any criminal activity. The petitioner states that the decision to arrest him is unlawful and arbitrary since there is no evidence whatsoever that he had abetted, assisted or encouraged anyone to get involved in violence.

Madumadawa further said there is no evidence whatsoever that that he has stayed in Minuwangoda long enough to incite any violence. He said he was in Minuwangoda only for a very short period of time and according to his recollection, less than 10 minutes.

He further said he was scheduled to visit and have meetings from May 13 in Divulapitiya and the areas surrounding it for canvassing.

The petitioner states on May 13, he reached Minuwangoda between 7.15 pm and 7.30 pm and noticed that there was an unusual traffic block towards Minuwangoda town and vehicles were not moving. He got down from his car, crossed the Minuwangoda bridge and walked few metres until he reached the road barrier placed by the police and inquired of a police officer who was on duty whether he can proceed to Divulapitiya. The police officer informed the petitioner that the main road was closed due to a tense situation in Minuwangoda town and that he needs to take a turn into a sub road. Upon being informed of the same, the petitioner returned to the car, took the road instructed by the police officer and proceeded towards Divulapitiya.

The petitioner states that while he was walking along the road as aforesaid, an unknown person had taken a video recording of him walking on the Minuwangoda bridge, which is far away from Minuwangoda town. The said video clearly shows that the petitioner was dressed in formal national attire.

The petitioner states that the following day, there were posts circulating in social media that the petitioner was involved in the tense situation that prevailed in Minuwangoda on May 13, with videos obtained during the time the petitioner was on the Minuwangoda Bridge.

The petitioner states the respondents have infringed his fundamental rights guaranteed to him under Articles 12(1), 12(2) and 13(1) of the Constitution.

The petitioner states that to best of his knowledge those who had been currently arrested for their alleged involvement in the Minuwangoda incident have been arrested under the ICCPR Act. The petitioner states that if he is arrested under the ICCPR Act he will be denied bail. 

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FR filed by Madumadawa fixed for support - (14:29)

The Fundamental Rights petition filed by popular singer and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Deputy Leader Madumadawa Aravinda seeking an Interim Order restraining police from arresting him in connection with violence erupted in Minuwangoda was today fixed for support by Supreme Court.
 


 

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