He mentioned this in response to a query made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.
Remanded MP Rishad Bathiudeen testified to the Presidential Commission yesterday (21 Nov) for the second time from the Welikada Magazine Prison via Skype.
Declaring that the clearing of a portion of the Kallaru Forest Reserve was illegal the Court ordered the former Minister to reforest the cleared area in the Kallaru Forest Reserve under his own expense.
The Appeal Court also instructed MP Bathiudeen to pay the cost of the petitioners involved in filing a case against him in this regard.
The verdict came, after the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) filed a writ petition seeking an order to quash the clearing of the Wilpattu National Park forest reserve and construction of a housing project adjoining the National Park.