Former Minister Patali arrested

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been arrested by the police over a road accident that took place in 2016.

The arrest was made following an order given by the Attorney General to the Senior DIG of Colombo.

A youth was injured when his motor cycle collided with a vehicle reported to be owned by Ranawaka on 28 February 2016.

In June 2016, the Colombo Additional Magistrate Chandana Kalansooriya said due to insufficient evidence, Ranawaka could not pronounced a suspect.

However the Minister’s driver was named a suspect in the case. According to the Police, CCTV footage of the accident was found to have been erased.

last month, a parliamentarian of the present government said a probe into the incident will be launched as two youth had come forward to provide evidence regarding the incident.

Last week, the Colombo Additional Magistrate imposed a travel ban on Ranawaka and his driver over a the case.