Court issues notice on CID OIC

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela yesterday (9) issued notice to the OIC of the CID’s Commercial Inspection Division, ordering him to make submissions to Court on 16 June, in connection with the request made by MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s sibling Rifkhan Bathiudeen, to be permitted to go overseas.

Rifkhan Bathiudeen is a suspect in a case where he has been charged with compiling fake deeds for a land situated in Thalaiimannar prior to its sale.

The Additional Magistrate gave this order having considered a request made to him in this regard by the suspect, via a motion.

The lawyer for the suspect stated that his client, who is a businessman, has to leave for Singapore and Dubai over his business commitments and hence he urged the Court to temporarily lift the foreign travel ban imposed on him for a 90-day period with effect from 22 June. Accordingly, further proceedings of the trial were fixed for the said date.         

By Hansi Nanayakkara