Colombo Telegraph

Pāda Yātra Architect Basil ‘Falls Sick’, Is Hospitalised After Being Remanded

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa who was remanded yesterday was admitted to the National Hospital for a sudden ‘medical check-up’ today. He was taken to the National Hospital from Welikada prison, where he is currently in remand custody.


Rajapaksa, who was arrested yesterday morning by the FCID was ordered to be remanded till August 1, for misappropriating state funds amounting to Rs. 33 million from the Divi Neguma Funds during the 2015 Presidential Election.

Rajapaksa’s out of the blue need for a medical check up comes amidst reports that he was planning to take part in a ‘Jana Satana’ Pada Yathra against the government. Incidentally, Rajapaksa is the main architect of the anti-government walk which is scheduled to take place later this month. The last time Rajapaksa was remanded, he got himself admitted to the National Hospital claiming he was sick.

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