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Controversial ‘white van’issue

Rajitha records statement with CID

Former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had recorded a statement with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last morning (27) in connection with the controversial ‘white van’ media briefing held in November last year.

The former Health Minister was to be arrested last month over this incident and remanded over the controversial “white van” press conference organized by him in November, but he had himself admitted to a private hospital.

When the court order was issued for his arrest and the prison ambulance had arrived at the private hospital to transport him to the prison hospital, his condition worsened and he could not be moved.

On December 30, the Colombo Magistrate’s Court ordered to release the former Health Minister on bail.

However, the Attorney General filed a revision application on January 8 challenging the decision of the Magistrate’s Court to grant bail to the Parliamentarian.

On January 20th the Colombo High Court decided to formally issue notices on former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne regarding a revision application filed by the Attorney General in connection with the controversial ‘White Van’ press conference.

While observing that there are sufficient materials to proceed with the revision application filed challenging the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court order to grant bail to Parliamentarian Senaratne, High Court Judge Manjula Thillekaratne fixed the petition to be taken up for inquiry on March 5.

The Attorney General sought the High Court’s jurisdiction to revise the Chief Magistrate’s bail order citing that the Chief Magistrate had failed to call for a medical report pertaining to Senaratne’s health condition.

The Deputy Solicitor General appearing for the Attorney General alleged that the Chief Magistrate had given an order to release the suspect on bail on an occasion where police have not recorded any statement from the suspect regarding the incident.

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