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Former Minister Champika remanded until 24 Dec

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been further remanded until 24 December over an accident that took place in 2016.

The order was given when Ranawaka was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s court today(19).

The Colombo Crimes Division(CCD) arrested Ranawaka yesterday(18) following an order given by the Attorney General.

Following the arrest the former Minister was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court and remanded until today(19).

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.

Pic by Saman Abesiriwardana