Former Minister Basil Rajapakse, who went abroad on special permission of the court, yesterday (25) came back. The court had granted him three months.
According to the Fort magistrate's decision given on 16 July, Basil Rajapakse is permitted to travel abroad from 10 August to 10 November. His passport was released on a Rs 200,000 bail.
Even though he has more than a month to spend aborad, he has returned to Sri Lanka. He had stated that he came back to Sri Lanka to support former President Mahinda Rajapakse's anti government campaigns. Pro Rajapaksa websites also repeatedly report the same.
So, what about Jana Balaya Kolambata?
If he genuinely wants to support Mahinda's struggle, why did he avoid Namal Rajapakse led protest on 5 September? Not only did Basil refrained from supporting it but also attempted to sabotage it with the support of his friends. None of the councilors who are friends with Basil actively supported the protest.
Basil now says he came back to support Mahinda's anti-government campaigns and it is nothing more than a joke.
The truth is, he returned due the court cases against Rajapakses. The first special high court has commenced proceedings and its second court case has been filed against Gotabaya. In addition, Basil is also facing several court cases over several allegations including corruptions, accepting commissions and misusing public properties during the previous government's time. That is why he abruptly returned.