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Ex Lankan Sports Min held for misappropriating Rs 39 mn

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's former was today arrested for allegedly misappropriating over Rs 39 million four years ago to buy sports goods, the police said.

Aluthgamage, a loyalist of former Rajapaksha, was arrested by the (FICD) of the police on charges of misappropriating government fund to buy sports goods, Carrom and Checker-boards, when he was a Minister, according to police.

He was produced before a local court, which released him on bail.

Aluthgamage has denied the allegations against him and accused Unity Government of engaging in a political witch-hunt against the opposition.

The Opposition has also alleged that the FCID of the police was "illegal" and it was set up for a political witch hunt against the members of the Rajapaksa-led opposition group.

Several family members of and his close allies have faced corruption allegations since lost the presidency to Sirisena in 2015.

The former had earlier sought court intervention to prevent his arrest but the appeal was rejected.

Aluthgamage had also been arrested in 2016 over money laundering allegations.

Last week, six Freedom Party ministers had resigned from Sirisena-led unity government, days after they voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against

In a surprise move, following the resignations, Sirisena suspended Parliament for nearly a month.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:31 IST