Sacked Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi who was arrested on charges of failing to return a state-owned vehicle was refused bail by the Kaduwela Magistrate yesterday and further remanded him till April 10.
Additional Magistrate Lakmal Wickremasuriya refused the bail application saying the reasons mentioned did not come under special provisions to grant him bail.
The court reiterated that the former Minister was said to have committed an offence under the Public Property Act and as such the Magistrate had no jurisdiction to grant bail.
However the court allowed him permission to attend parliament sessions and Select Committee meetings.
The former Ports Development Minister was arrested, on March 17. Mr. Sooriyarachchi who was summoned before the police on a court order was arrested after his statement was recorded. Later he was produced before the Colombo Magistrate and remanded.
Filing a bail application on behalf of Mr. Sooriyaarachchi, his counsel Tilak Marapana said the arrest was unfair and that Mr. Sooriyaarachchi be granted bail on special grounds. Supporting the bail application the counsel said the alleged offence did not come under the Public Property Act.
Objecting to the matters raised by Mr. Marapana, State Counsel Menaka Wijesundara appearing for the CID said Mr. Sooriyarachchi was arrested under the Public Property Act and the offence was non-bailable.
Having heard the submissions court refused to grant him bail and he was further remanded till April 10.