Ex-Sports Minister Mahindadanda Aluthgamage arrested for alleged fraud of 39 million

File photo of Mahindadanda Aluthgamage. Photograph:( Facebook )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 16, 2018, 08.38 PM (IST)

Former sports minister of Sri Lanka, Mahindadanda Aluthgamage got arrested on Monday by Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FICD) for alleged financial fraud of Rupees 39 million, four years ago.

He charged for misappropriating government funds to buy sports goods of Carrom and Checkerboards during his tenure of previous government.

Today he was produced before the court but was later released after he was granted bail. He also recorded his statement in FCID office in Colombo. 

However, the allegations have been denied by the minister as he accused current president Maithripala Sirisena led unity government to engage in n political witch-hunt.

The opposition of the country has also supported Aluthgamage's claims as they alleged FCID of the Sri Lanka police has been set up for a political witch-hunt of the Rajapaksa-led opposition group and is ''illegal''. 

In 2015 Rajapaksa lost the presidency since then his family members and his close allies are facing corruption charges.

He has also sought court intervention to prevent his arrest. However, the appeal got rejected.

Aluthgamage had also been arrested in 2016 over money laundering allegations. 

Last week, six Sri Lanka Freedom Party ministers had resigned from Sirisena-led unity government, days after they voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In a surprise move, following the resignations, Sirisena suspended Parliament for nearly a month.

(With inputs from PTI)