Rishad Bathiudeen brought to Parliament

Jailed Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen was brought to Parliament by the Prisons Department today.

The Serjeant-At-Arms of Parliament had yesterday written to the Commissioner General of Prisons instructing the department to permit Bathiudeen to attend Parliament sittings today and tomorrow (23).

The Serjeant-At-Arms of Parliament had also written to the Secretary of the Health Ministry and Director General of the Health Ministry in this regard.

Bathiudeen was arrested in Dehiwala this week and remanded till 27 October.

Parliament was informed yesterday that Bathiudeen has been placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Bathiudeen has been accused of violating the law, including Article 82 of the Presidential Elections Act, No. 15 of 1981 by misappropriating public funds to the tune of Rs. 9.5 million when he was the Minister of Industry and Commerce.

The former Minister was accused of misusing 222 buses belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) to transport IDPs from Puttalam to polling stations in Silavathurai, Mannar during the 2019 Presidential Election. (Colombo Gazette)