May 22, 2021

CID arrest Asst. Land Settlement Commissioner for fake news on deforestation

The CID arrested an Assistant Land Settlement Commissioner for publishing fake news about deforestation on his Facebook page.
Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the 42-year old person who has been working as an Assistant Land Settlement Officer in Kotmale area has mentioned "various fake news about deforestation."
He was arrested on Friday from the Gelioya area, under the 120 section of the Penal Code. According to the section, it is an offence to publish fake news that would create disharmony and annoyance.
The CID's Computer Unit has analyzed the Facebook page that was maintained by the arrested person and according to the page, he has mentioned various fake news about deforestation, said Rohana.
The suspect has now been brought to Colombo by the CID and he will be produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate today.