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No political influence in Rishad case - Minister Johnston

Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said yesterday the Government did not politically influence the decision to arrest former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Some people are alleging that the Government has forced the Police to arrest former Minister Bathiudeen on political grounds. It is completely wrong and the Government has not given such an order at all to arrest him. None of the politicians in our Government intervened in judiciary affairs and Police investigations like the members in the previous Government did,” the Minister said.

“People gave a massive mandate to the Government to implement the law against the wrongdoers. So we have to do that,” Minister Fernando said.

Members of The ruling party also made a request from the President to probe the incident regarding the release of former Minister Rishad's brother. What we want to find out is whether there was any invisible force behind his release”, he added.