The Constitutional Council which has been tasked with selecting the next Inspector General of Police (IGP), is facing a fresh crisis in carrying out its duties owing to a conflict of interest.
Highly placed sources told the Colombo Telegraph that due to Minister Champika Ranawaka sitting in the council, it has resulted in an issue, as one of the contenders for the post is Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara, who has been handling the recent investigation concerning the minister who is alleged to have been in a hit and run accident in Rajagiriya which left one person critically injured.
“As one of the candidates who is vying for the post of IGP, and as the Minister is a member of the Constitutional Council, there is a clear conflict of interest, which also questions the independence of the Council in selecting the IGP,” sources said.
The Constitutional Council, which was tasked by President Maithripala Sirisena to take the final decision on selecting the 34th IGP, is scheduled to meet on April 18 to decide from three prospective candidates, S. M. Wickramasinghe, Pujith Jayasundara and Chandana Wickramaratne.
Incumbent IGP N.K. Illangakoon, retires from service today.