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20th Amendment Bill : Premalal and Rishad attend Parliament

  • Rishad arrives in PPE

Members of Parliament Premalal Jayasekara and Rishad Bathiudeen were brought to Parliament by the Department of Prisons yesterday (22).

The second day of the debate on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution also took place yesterday.

Rishad Bathiudeen MP arrives at Parliament to participate at the 20th Amendment Bill Debate, 22 October 2020. Photo Musharif Mohideen

MP Bathiudeen, who is currently in remand custody, arrived at the Parliament premises wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

The former Minister was transported to Parliament in a prison bus accompanied by several prison guards.

He was reportedly allocated a special seat within the chamber as well.

Bathiudeen, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday (19), was remanded until 27 October by the court.

He is accused of allegedly misusing 222 buses belonging to the state-owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) for transporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Puttalam to polling stations in Silavathurai, Mannar, during the 2019 presidential election.

Serjeant-at-Arms of Parliament, Narendra Fernando yesterday informed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine to take steps to allow the Vanni District Parliamentarian to participate in the sittings of Parliament yesterday and today (23).