Samanlal Fernando granted bail

Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando has been released on bail after being jailed for disorderly conduct during the vaccination program in the Moratumulla area.

The Mayor’s unruly behaviour during a COVID-19 vaccination programme, led to his arrest on 28 May.

He had surrendered to the Mount Lavinia Police later that morning.

According to reports, the mayor had obstructed the duties of medical officers proceeding with the inoculation programme while displaying disorderly behaviour on Thursday, May 27.

Fernando was produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court under the provisions of Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance and the relevant sections of the Penal Code.

Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said complaints were received complaints over the Moratuwa Mayor’s conduct which obstructed the duties of health officials and violated quarantine rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, the MOH of the area has recorded a statement with the police regarding the incident, he stated further.