Don’t intimidate complainants, court warns minister


The Warakapola Chief Magistrate granted bail to Senior Minister Athuda Seneviratne on bail on Friday after warning him not to intimidate the complainants in this case where the veteran politician is charged with trespassing into a private property and causing damage to a water-bottling plant there.

Chief Magistrate Awantha Lakmal released the minister on Rs. 1 million cash bail and told him to refrain from threatening or intimidating the complainants and report to the Warakapola�police every Sunday between 9 a.m. and noon.

Mr. Seneviratne, accompanied by a group of villagers, is alleged to have entered the property at Kohomadeniya, where a water bottling project was underway and abused the people there.

The minister’s lawyer admitted that the minister visited the property to discuss a problem with the plant’s owners following complaints from villagers that the water level in their wells had drastically dropped after the bottling plant began its operations. But the lawyer denied the minister caused any damage to the property or the plant.

The case will be taken up again on July 20.

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