Mayor of Kurunegala Thushara Sanjeewa has lodged a writ petition with the Court of Appeal seeking revocation of the arrest warrant issued in connection to the controversial demolition of the building in Kurunegala recognised for its archaeological value, namely King Buwaneka's Palace.
Since the issuance of the arrest warrant, Sanjeewa remains untraceable to the Police.
Lodging the writ, Sanjeewa pointed out that the media sensationalisation and political interpretation aiming the demolition of the aforesaid building depicts a wrong picture to the events.
The Police Inspector of Kurunegala Police HQs, the Police OIC of Kurunegala Special Investigation Unit, the Attorney General, Commissioner General of Archaeology Prof. Senarath Dissanayake and the Kurunegala Magistrate have been named as respondents to the writ.
The Kurunegala Magistrate had ordered the arrest of five persons including the Mayor, later to be produced before court in connection with the incident, and on Monday, the order was extended until August 13.
Meanwhile, the Magistrate issued a restraining order preventing the suspects from leaving the country.