UNP MP and former Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, was arrested by the CID at Lanka Hospital in Narahenpita yesterday.
Colombo Additional Magistrate Shalani Perera remanded Dr. Senaratne until Dec 30.
The officers of the CID, who took Senaratne into custody around 2.10 pm, informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate of the arrest.
When the case was taken up, the CID said that the MP had been arrested at the cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CICU) of Lanka Hospital in Narahenpita.
Presenting their submissions, the CID had requested the court to remand Dr. Senaratne because his release would hinder the investigations pertaining to the case.
Accepting the request, the Additional Magistrate then decided to visit the ward to which Senaratne was admitted.
Having made inquiries about the former Minister’s condition, the Magistrate ordered him to be remanded till Dec 30.
Dr Senaratne, against whom an arrest warrant had been issued, was admitted to Lanka Hospital Thursday night. The Police had visited Dr Senaratne in hospital to record a statement the same night, but could not do so as he was said to be in poor health.
The Attorney General had earlier instructed the CID to arrest Dr. Seneratne over a controversial ‘white van’ press briefing in November, just prior to the Presidential election.
In the run-up to the Presidential election campaign, Dr. Senaratne brought before the media two men claiming to have been involved in ‘white van’ abductions and transporting tonnes of LTTE gold to Colombo, on Nov 10. Dr Senaratne was present with Douglas Anthony Fernando, who claimed to have driven the white vans, and another individual, Athula Sanjaya Madanayake, who was allegedly the victim of an attempted abduction.