Mudalige files FR Petition

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A fundamental rights (FR) petition was filed before the Supreme Court on Friday (26) against the arrest and detention of Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) convener Wasantha Mudalige.

The Attorney General, IGP, Defence Secretary, Director of Criminal Investigation Department, and Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), were named as respondents in the Petition.

The Petition sought a declaration that the arrest and detention of Mudalige is unlawful and is in violation of his fundamental rights.

Mudalige and two others were arrested and detained on 18 August, after a protest march in Colombo. The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court previously issued warrants for the arrest of Mudalige and Ven. Rathkarawwe Jinarathana Thera for failing to appear in Court over a case filed against them.

The Police said, investigations have been launched by to determine whether they have participated in a conspiracy against the State.

They were detained for 90 days under detention orders and moved to a detention centre in Tangalle.

BY Faadhila Thassim