Riyaj Bathiudeen, the brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen today filed a Fundamental Rights petition in Supreme Court seeking an interim order to release him from the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Riyaj Bathiudeen has been arrested by the officers of the CID on April 24 in connection with the Easter Sunday Bomb attack and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

He is also seeking an interim order to suspend the operation of the detention order until the final determination of the petition.

The petitioner also states that as he is extremely vulnerable to being affected by the fast-spreading Covid 19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka and there is a grave threat to his life by being detained at the CID.

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.

This petition had been filed through Senior Counsel Gowry Shangary Thavarasha citing IGP, CID Director, DIG in charge of CID, Attorney General and several others as respondents.

In his petition, Riyaj Bathiudeen denies the allegations that he aided and abetted the suicide bomber carried out by Ibrahim Insaf Ahamed on April 21, 2019, and he was engaged in any activity detrimental to religious harmony among communities.


The Petitioner said there was no reasonable suspicion to re arrest him and his arrest and detention are arbitrary and no new material to justify the requirement of issuing another detention order.


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