Although Speaker of Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane, had consented to Wanni District Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen, to attend Parliament while serving a 90 day detention at CID did not allow to attend Parliament today. Sources said that was due to the pending PCR test report have not been revealed today.
Last week, Chief Opposition Whip, Lakshman Kiriella requested Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane to permit Bathiudeen to attend Parliament, to which the Speaker acceded. Thereafter, Sergeant-at-arms Narendra Fernando had informed the Director of CID to permit Bathiudeen to attend Parliament.
Parliament was scheduled to sit on 4th and 5th of May, 2021 and Bathiudeen was expected to attend Parliament today (04) and deliver an address. However, the CID did not comply by the request from Parliament citing CoVid-19 related concerns. The Wanni District Parliamentarian had been subjected to a PCR test after the CID informed that the wife of one of the cadre had tested positive for CoVid-19. However, the results of the PCR test have not been revealed till now.
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