The Fundamental Rights petitions filed by Bathiudeen brothers seeking an order to release them, forthwith from the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) were today fixed for further support by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Vijith Malalgoda, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice Gamini Amarasekera fixed the petitions to be taken up for further support on October 15.

The petitioners Rishad Bathiudeen and Riyaj Bathiudeen had been arrested and detained in connection with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks.

The petitioners had named Inspector General of Police, CID Director, DIG in charge of CID, Attorney General and several others as respondents.

In his petition, Rishad Bathiudeen said he was arrested in a humiliating manner on false and malicious allegations. He further said defamatory statements were made against him in the media causing humiliation, defamation and pain of mind.

Bathiudeen said he was detained at the CID during the holy month of Ramadhan preventing him from effectively practising his religion.

He said his daughter was to sit for the London International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examination on 26th April 2021. He said his daughter could not get ready p for the said examination due to the humiliating and illegal arrest and detention.

The Petitioner further states that grave loss and damage have been caused to the Petitioner and the members of his family due to the violation of his Fundamental Rights by the Respondents and it is just and equitable that the Petitioner be awarded compensation in a sum of Rs. 5,000 million as compensation in respect of the violations of his Fundamental Rights.

The petitioner is also seeking a declaration that the Petitioner’s Fundamental Rights guaranteed to him under Article 12(1), 12(2) 13(1)13(2) of the Constitution has been violated by the Arbitrary arrest and detention.

The Petitioner alleged that the purported detention order has not been made in terms of the law and thereby there is no basis on which the Petitioner could be justifiably detained.

The Petitioner denies that he aided and abetted the suicide bomb attack carried out by Ibrahim Inshaf Ahamed on 21.04.2019


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here