Muslim Ministers in no hurry to return to Ministries - Bathiudeen | Daily News


Muslim Ministers in no hurry to return to Ministries - Bathiudeen

Muslim Ministers who resigned are not in any hurry to return to their Ministerial portfolios, ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen said. “Both the Prime Minister and President called us to return to our Ministries and take back our portfolios,” he said.

Bathiudeen was addressing the media after giving a statement to the Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) yesterday.

“I previously complained about the false media statements published against me and today they called me to come and give more details about them. For example, on the false media reports on the Sathosa vehicles used by suicide bomber Zahran,” he said.

Bathiudeen said he has not committed any offences. When the media questioned him on the opposition’s allegation that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) worked to ‘sanitise’ him of the allegations made against him, and his next steps after the PSC, the former Minister said both the ruling and opposition parties called on the Speaker to establish the PSC focused on Easter Sunday terror bombings.

“Since I was also invited to give evidence at the PSC, I appeared before it and answered their questions.

I am an MP who has not committed any of the alleged offences.

I stress that all persons guilty of the bombings should be legally punished,” Bathiudeen said.

He said that the allegations linking us to the bombings are made for narrow political gains.

“At a time when the defence authorities and sections are conducting investigations and at a time when such investigations are progressing well with the arrest of many terrorists, it is inappropriate to make such allegations against us – that too, for political gains,” he said.

Bathiudeen added that the people will understand the truth about these accusers in the future.

“But people who accuse me with a political bias have so far failed to file any complaints against me with the Police or CID.

They accused me of acquiring over 3,000 acres in my name and later said it was over 8,000 acres. At the PSC I clarified that neither I nor my family own 3,000 or 8,000 acres as claimed by them,” he said.


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