Colombo Telegraph

Statement On Resurgence Of LTTE: Vijayakala Arrested And Released On Bail

Former State Minister and UNP Parliamentarian Vijayakala Maheswaran who was arrested this morning by the Police Organized Crimes Division has been released on a surety bail of Rs. 500000 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.

Vijayakala Maheswaran

The Parliamentarian was arrested by the Police over her statement on the resurgence of the LTTE.

The Police Organized Crimes Division arrested the Parliamentarian when appeared before the unit to give a statement this morning, with her lawyers.

The Attorney General previously gave the Police directions to proceed with action against the Parliamentarian as there was a criminal element in her statement.

Addressing a state event in Jaffna, Maheswaran said the LTTE should be resurrected to ensure the well-being of Tamils in the North. She made this remark against the backdrop of the soaring crime rate in the area.

Explaining the context of her statement, Maheswaran later told the Police that she spoke out of anger and frustration over heinous crimes taking place in her electorate, and did not intend to make a seditious remark.

Following the statement, she came under severe pressure to step down from her state ministerial portfolio.

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