He was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) when he appeared before the CID this evening (Wednesday).
He was produced in court and remanded till 27 May.
The former Minister was taken to the Pallansena isolation centre in Negombo after being ordered to be remanded.
Earlier today the Colombo High Court dismissed a bail order issued by the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Senaratna.
The Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General (AG), State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said the bail order was quashed on an application made by the AG.
The Colombo High Court also ordered that the suspect, former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, be remanded, she said.
In December 2019, the Attorney General instructed the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest Seneratne over a controversial ‘white van’ press briefing in November, prior to the Presidential election.
During the Presidential election campaign, Senaratane had brought before the media two men said to be drivers of a ‘white van’ used for abductions during the former Rajapaksa regime.
Rajitha Senaratne, who was later arrested and remanded, was granted bail in December 2019 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.
However, the Attorney General in January 2020 filed a revised application in court against the court order to grant bail to Senaratne.
The Case was taken up for hearing at the Colombo High court today, where the bail order was quashed. (Colombo Gazette)