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Sri Lanka Ex-Sports Minister arrested over fraud

Former Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage who was questioned by Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) over a alleged financial fraud of Rs 53 million, was arrested a short while ago.

He was previously summoned to the FCID in June 2015 where he was questioned regarding alleged irregularities said to have taken place in the purchase of sports equipment worth Rs. 39 million by the Sports Ministry through Sathosa.

However the Joint Opposition MP presented a special appeal petition to the Supreme Court seeking an order preventing the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) arresting him which was rejected.

The former minister, in his petition, the FCID is preparing to arrest him in connection with the investigations being carried out regarding the misuse of state funds for the purchase of carom and checkers boards in 2014, while he was the Sports Minister.

He further stated that his previous application regarding this was rejected by the Supreme Court without being taken up for hearing.

He claimed that the FCID was conducting the investigation against him in an unfair manner, thereby requesting an order from the Supreme Court to prevent the FCID from arresting him without a reasonable cause.


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