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Former Deputy Minister Muthuhettigama remanded

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Galle Chief Magistrate Isuru Nettikumara ordered the remand of former Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who appeared before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday (14). This is in connection with an incident of driving and possessing an Isuzu Trooper vehicle using fake number plates, be remanded in custody until September 21 based on information given by the Galle Police.

Last year, this car had been taken into custody by the central of Walana anti-corruption unit along with the driver who was driving it and he had been released on bail on November 11, 2022.

Muthuhettigama, who was named as the second respondent when this case was recalled yesterday, appeared before court.

The Magistrate, who considered facts regarding this incident, ordered the Director in charge of the anti-corruption unit to explain why one person was arrested and produced in court and the other person simply appeared in court and pointed out that it was wrong to treat two persons accused in the same case, differently.

The Magistrate further said that this is a violation of Article 12/1 of the Constitution, even though this incident is a flagrant offence in the Criminal Procedure Ordinance Act, it is a serious offence to treat two defendants unequally.

Stating that if the suspect had been produced properly in court, without treating the two respondents in different ways, bail could even have been considered, the Magistrate adjourned further hearing until September 21.

Walana Central Corruption Prevention Unit appeared for the prosecution while attorneys PrasithaWalgama Vaishwanath Arambewela and Ajith Kuma Pradeep Madanayake represented the suspect.

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