Former parliamentarian, Sajin Vass Gunawardena who was arrested today by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), was remanded until July 5, for allegedly defrauding a businessman several millions of rupees.
The CID arrested Gunawardena subsequent to a complaint made by the businessman who claimed that Gunawardena had defrauded him over Rs. 30 million.
Gunawardena, a one-time loyalist of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has claimed that he did not acquire any wealth by unscrupulous means.
In May, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed a case against Gunawardena over his failure to declare his assets during several years including in 2011 and 2012, even though he told a press conference in the same month that he had submitted all his asset details to the relevant authorities.
Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly said that Gunawardena had defrauded him over Rs. 3 million. The number has been updated.