Sep 22, 2020

Jagath Samantha arrested as CEA chief chides police

Jagath Samantha, the brother of State Minister Sanath Nishantha, has been arrested and remanded till Thursday (24), after surrendering over the case pertaining to the illegal clearance of the Anawilundawa Sanctuary.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) - Mr. S. Amarasinghe charged that the police was hesitant to take action against certain parties linked to the Anavilundawa destruction.

Speaking at a media briefing, he said that although the Excise Department has the power to seize illicit liquor, the CEA's lack of power to arrest and produce a person who harms the environment, is a major shortcoming.