Vijeyakala Maheswaran, a former lone woman Tamil minister in the Sri Lankan Cabinet, was arrested on Monday for allegedly making controversial remarks favouring the banned outfit LTTE, police said.
Maheswaran, 45, a Tamil member of parliament, during an event in Jaffna in June had said that the law and order situation was fast deteriorating in the Northern Province and its people felt that they were better off under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) when they ran a parallel administration.
She said that there was no social crimes during the LTTE time.
The LTTE had run a military campaign for a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces of the island nation for nearly 30 years before its collapse in 2009 after the Sri Lankan Army killed its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said she had been summoned to the Police Organised Crimes Preventive Division to record a statement this morning where she was arrested.
Maheswaran, who was working as a State Minister of Child Affairs from the northern Tamil region representing the ruling United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, had resigned in July after her controversial remarks that led to an uproar in Parliament.