Former Minister Rishard Bathiudeen revealed although his brother, who arrested in alleged connection to the Easter Sunday genocide involving 6 - 7 telephone calls with businessman Infaaz Ebrahim, one of the suicide bombers, is further being kept in custody, a SLPP stalwart, who was arrested for making 256 telephone calls with two of the suicide bombers, was released in a matter of one day.
"My brother was arrested no sooner than three weeks after the nominations were handed out for this election. The allegation against my brother was that he made 6 - 7 phone calls with one of the suicide bombers, Infaaz Ebrahim. But on the date itself, a SLPP stalwart was arrested for making 256 phone calls with two of the suicide bombers. As he was a supporter to the governing party, he was released within the date itself. If this is a lie, you may ask from the CID," he said.
The law is being enforced in a discriminative manner for him being a Muslim politician and not backing the government, Bathiudeen alleged.
He further disclosed that Infaaz Ahmed's copper factory was supplied copper in large scales by the Defence Ministry and a number of institutes in which Sinhalese Buddhist authority administer, whilst the entire blame is being embedded on his ministry, which was administered by a Muslim national, for supplying a small amount of copper.
In the backdrop that his brother, who was arrested under false allegations, was not yet even produced before the Magistrate Court through prosecution, former minister Bathiudeen suggested that politicians in the present government who had made counterfeit passports are taking the political advantage through his brother's arrest.
The former minister made these observations speaking to media recently.