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Riyaj Bathiudeen’s petition to be heard on Oct. 20

A writ petition filed by former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen's brother Riyaj Bathiudeen was today fixed for support on October 20 by the Court of Appeal.
Through this application, Riyad Bathiudeen is seeking an Interim Order preventing police from arresting him in relation to the investigations connected with Easter Sunday attacks.
President’s Counsel Faiz Mustapha appearing for the petitioner sought an early date taking into consideration the urgent nature of the application. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal fixed the petition for October 20 for consideration.

The petitioner had named Acting IGP C.D. Wickremaratne, former DIG attached to Criminal Investigations Department Nuwan Wedasinghe, CID director Prasanna de Alwis, Attorney General and several others as respondents in the petition.

The petitioner stated that he was arrested by CID on April 14, 2020 and kept under detention custody over a period five-and-a-half-month for interrogation.

The petitioner said his arrest was politically motivated and made solely with a view to tarnish the image of his brother Rishad Bathiudeen.

The petitioner said he was released by CID last September 29 following the conclusion of investigations, on the basis of lack of evidence against him.

Riyaj Bathiudeen further said that certain parliamentarians and individuals are trying to arrest him again and tarnish his brother’s image.

This petition had been filed through Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha.