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Court orders Arundika to give evidence on Eknaligoda

2013 Jun 21

The Homagama Magistrate Court ordered MP Arundika Fernando to appear in court on July 16 to give evidence over the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

UPFA MP for the Puttalam District, Arundika Fernando stated in parliament that missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was currently living in France.

Fernando said that he was introduced to Eknaligoda by another Sri Lanka journalist, during a visit to France.

Fernando stated that his childhood friend journalist Manjula Wediwardena had pointed to a man with a shaved head and said he was Eknaligoda.

At that moment the individuals hurriedly left avoiding speaking with me, the UPFA MP said in parliament, raising a parliamentary privileges question.

Arundika Fernando further said that certain electronic and print media are making various accusations and criticizing him over his statement in parliament on June 5, regarding the whereabouts of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.  

He stated that this smear campaign is tarnishing his reputation and is a violation of his parliamentary privileges.

The Puttalam District parliamentarian also rejected the comments made by Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife, Sandhya regarding his statement in Parliament, terming them as “baseless”.  

Mrs Eknaligoda had denied she was in contact with her husband and that he is living in France.

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