Sept 15 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s former Sports Minister, Mahindananda Aluthagamage was arrested by Sri Lankan investigators on Thursday on charges of financial fraud.
A police official told NIA that the former minister was charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act but did not divulge further details.
Aluthgamage arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department on Thursday morning and was questioned over the construction of a house in the capital.
The Colombo Telegraph reported that despite requests for verification as to how the former minister had amassed wealth to construct a luxury house, he had not been able to provide necessary details in this regard.
He is expected to be produced before a local court later on Thursday.
Aluthgamage is a parliamentarian and a member of the Joint Opposition, who are staunch supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Several members from the previous regime are facing a corruption probe following the defeat of Rajapakse in a presidential election in January last year.
Rajapakse and his family members are also facing a probe on allegations of mass scale fraud during their term in power.