Sepal Amarasinghe has been arrested by the CID for making comments regarding the Sacred Tooth relic, that led to controversy.
He has been arrested in the Bellanwila area, reports add.
Earlier, the President’s Media Division stated that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Inspector General of Police C D Wickramaratne today (05) to immediately start investigations regarding the request made by the Mahanayake Theros of Asgiri and Malwathu chapters and the Diyawadana Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa regarding a fake Dalada Maligawa is being constructed in Wadakada, Kurunegala.
Accordingly, the Inspector General of Police said that investigations were commenced immediately under a Deputy Inspector General of Criminal Investigation Department, and two investigation teams under the supervision of an Assistant Superintendent of Police have already gone to the place and has commenced investigations.
According to the letter sent to the President it had mentioned that as stated in the constitution, the government is bound to protect and nurture Buddhism. It also stated that the government should investigate the facts immediately and prevent such acts from the beginning for the sake of the perpetuation and development of Buddhism.