Government admits CID chief transfer linked to release of Bathiudeen

The Government today admitted in Parliament that the transfer of Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Nuwan Wedasinghe was linked to the release of Riyaj Bathiudeen, the brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament that an investigation over the release of Riyaj Bathiudeen is currently underway.

He said that the head of the CID was transferred as a result of the release of Riyaj Bathiudeen.

Wedasinghe was transferred last weekend, hours after the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith raised concerns over the CID.

Wedasinghe was transferred as the Acting Deputy Inspector General, Western Province (North).

DIG S.P Ranasinghe was later appointed as the new CID DIG.

Wedasinghe was appointed as the DIG in charge of the CID last December.

Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had on Saturday expressed concerns over the investigations conducted by the Criminal Investigations Department into the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

He was mainly concerned that Riyaj Bathiudeen, the brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen who was arrested in April on suspicion of involvement in the terrorist attacks and held under detention orders, had been released, due to lack of evidence.

Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith was concerned that while the Police had earlier said there was clear evidence against Riyaj Bathiudeen, CID investigators failed to provide sufficient evidence. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Both Bathiudeen brothers should be arrested. Rishard is the go between in this corruption scandal. Our Police service need a thorough overhaul. What an embarrassment. No wonder people have no respect for our Police.

  2. Why the Highly revered Cardinal comment on Police inquiries. He is behaving like a Politician. One must remember that even in a full Court Judgement, all judges do not take the same view, there are dissents. There is no question that there is allegation against Police on corruption. But only few have come to courts. Not at higher level of the Police Force.

  3. How can we ever be a secure, safe country when the law enforcement officials are in the pay rolls of the terrorists and drug dealers. The Army too should be involved in such cases to unobtrusively shadow the investigations and the Police. The country will remain in the ‘Third World’ if firm action is not taken immediately. Over to you President.

  4. Definitely there was corruption and collusion by the Police. Terrorists are capable of influencing anyone and this is no exception. How many Police were caught providing information to LTTE. If proven, he should be sacked and monitored for further involvement with Bathiudeen brothers. Check his bank a/cs, recently purchased property and luxury vehicles.

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