Former General Secretary of the United National Party, Tissa Attanayake was ordered to be remanded till December 5 by the Colombo High Court today.
Attanayake, a former Minister was remanded on charges that he had prepared fraudulent documents where he had allegedly forged the signatures of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena in a letter during the 2015 Presidential Election.
In September this year, the Attorney General indicted Attanayake in the case, and in late September the Colombo High Court issued notice on Attanayake ordering him to appear before court today.
The document prepared by Attanayake was alleged to have been a secret deal between the UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the then common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
During the run up to the Presidential Elections in 2015, Attanayake defected and extended support to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, soon after which he was appointed as the Health Minister, a position left vacant after Sirisena broke ties with Rajapaksa to become the common opposition candidate.