Bathiudeen had been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital due to a sudden illness while in the custody of the CID.
In the hospital, he had been using a separate toilet and officers of the CID had been on the alert every time he went to that particular toilet daily and on the 24th, he had gone there with a piece of crushed paper hidden suspiciously in his palm. When he had entered the toilet he had thrown the piece of paper he had in his hand through the air vent which had been seen by intelligence officers who had been nearby.
They had picked it up and inspected the crushed ball of paper and found several tablets.
When these tablets were presented to the doctor in charge of Ward 52 where Rishad Bathiudeen had received treatment and to the Parliamentarian himself, it had been revealed that this was medicine that had been given to him as treatment and that he was throwing them away.
Subsequently, the doctor had recommended that he be taken back to the CID since treatment had been completed.
Accordingly, the Parliamentarian was escorted back to the CID.
Although he was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital for treatment due to a sudden illness, Rishad Bathiudeen had requested the CID that he be taken to the paying ward of the hospital where he could pay and obtain treatment. However, due to the fact that he was under investigation, the CID had rejected his request.