Details of former Chief of Defense Staff Ravi Wijegunratne’s attempts to level false accusations against Inspector Nishantha Silva of the CID who handled investigations into several high profile cases, were revealed during a testimony made before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter Sunday attacks.
Inspector Nishantha Silva – the OIC of the gang robbery investigation unit of the CID, was leading investigations into several high profile cases including the assasination of Lasantha Wickrematunge, abduction and assault of journalists Keith Noyhar, Upali Tennakoon and Namal Perera as well as the abduction and murder of 11 youths from Colombo – a case in which the former CDS is directly implicated.
National Police Commission Secretary DM Samansiri Dissanayake narrating the events involved with the transfer of Inspector Nishantha said the sudden transfer orders were issued on November 18, 2019 , in the middle of the Constitutional Coup – to the Negombo division.
On November 19, 2019 the NPC had received an appeal against the transfer, which they had forwarded to the IGP who had taken measures to immediately cancel the transfer.
In the letter issued by former IGP Pujith Jayasundara cancelling the transfer order, had noted in no unclear terms that the transfer was issued in light of accusations levelled against Nishantha by then CDS Wijegunaratne, of maintaining links with the LTTE. The ex-CDS has made a mention of this grave accusation at the National Security Council as well as over the phone several times to the former IGP.
It remains puzzling as to why the former IGP took measures to transfer an official purely based on accusations levelled by the former CDS – particularly given he was a party that was being implicated via Silva’s investigations.
Moreover, in a letter issued by the then Chief of CID, Senior DIG DWRB Senevirathne to the IGP on the transfer, he has noted Wijegunaratne’s actions are tantamount to being charged with violation of Witness and Victim Protection Act pointing out the accusations made against Nishantha were completely untrue, baseless and an attempt to interfere with the investigation into his involvement in a high profile crime case.
The Senior DIG had also recommended that due action be taken against Wijegunawardena for attempting to interfere into an investigation.
Thappu / June 30, 2019
Attempting to interfere into an investigation is a story line that is commonplace in our police and military. It goes from the President downwards. The Prime Minister is no exception when it comes to such interference. How do you expect Wijegunawardena to beak the norm!
shankar / June 30, 2019
why is he not being charged?Obviously because the president is stopping it,misusing his powers.
nalmen / June 30, 2019
nothing will happen as long as sira is president
rew / July 1, 2019
More like “as long as there is an Sri Lanka as president.”
Sivapragasam Paramarajah / June 30, 2019
November 2019 is yet to come
Mokade badu / June 30, 2019
Investigate this sob and jail the bastard for obstructing justice.
Thappu / June 30, 2019
Mokade, mokade. If obstruction of justice is cause for jail, who’d be there to prosecute anyone!
Douglas / June 30, 2019
All these “Political Bosses” need “MAFIA BOSSES”, wrapped in “UNIFORMS” and “CIVILIAN CLOTHES” to carry on regardless of the security, safety and well-being of the PEOPLE. This FACT must be very well understood by the PEOPLE. Unfortunately, it is not happening, but much overlooked and forgotten. How did this “THUG” in “UNIFORM” become the CDS? Do the people talk of his involvement in the “Disappearance” of the 11 ? Do the “Political Bosses” “CARE” of his involvement in this “MAFIA” style activities in “Uniforms”. NO. Then, this answer “NO” has to be addressed without further delay. That must be the “SUBJECT MATTER” to be taken up by the Civil Societies and Media. Unfortunately “THEY” too are divided and on a rotatory basis CAMPING with the “Political Mafia”. Are we DESTINED to live like this? The CHOICE is with the PEOPLE.
Buddhist / June 30, 2019
When President Sirisena protects murderous thugs who wear uniforms and gives them positions and promotions what else can any one expect?
PARAGON / June 30, 2019
HE IS ESCAPING FROM CHARGES BECAUSE ALL 11 KILLED FOR COLLECTING MONEY ARE TAMILS. IF SOME OF THESE BOYS KILLED BY THESE DCS BOYS WERE SINGALESE RATNA THER0 AND GANASARA WILL FAST TO DEATH DEMANDING TO ARREST CDS.ANY WAY IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR THEM TO START SOME FIRE WORKS.
Julampitiye Amaraya / June 30, 2019
In 2018 OR 2019. some time C T also making people laugh
Rwkd / July 1, 2019
It is mentioned in the last para that the senior DIG has recommended that action is taken against the the former CDS. Has it happened? There is an independent police commission. It it having jurisdiction to investigate into these allegations?
JD / July 1, 2019
I think Al Bagdadi, the hidden hand of Zaharan has some hatred towards this NAVY commander. Because, he did not agree to certain things the hidden hand wanted. That is my conclusion. So, they a photo of President with the Navy commander. I think, they are looking for incriminating evidence, so that, keep on their work. This is not anything related to Propaganda. IT is something more hilarious.
JD / July 1, 2019
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Soam / July 2, 2019
This idiotic President need to be kicked out / impeached. Cannot the Government and Oppositions get the numbers (2/3 of the parliamentarians) to Impeach? I am totally flabbergasted how the Sri Lankans can put up with this totally laughable and dangerous person for another 4 or 5 months.