5 August, 2020

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IGP’s Phonegate Scandal: President Could Call For Resignation Or Initiate Impeachment

President Maithripala Sirisena to take action against IGP Pujith Jayasundera over Phonegate Scandal.

IGP Pujith

IGP Pujith

According to an informed source the Constitutional Council chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had already sent its recommendations to the President. “The President has no power to remove him from the post, now he has only two options, either impeach the IGP or ask him to resign,” the source said.

Violating the rules and regulations of the very purpose of the creation of the independent Police Commission, the Inspector General of Police was caught red handed on television speaking on his mobile phone and addressing a phone caller by the name of ‘Sir’, confirming that he had instructed the Financial Crimes Investigations Chief to not arrest a particular “Nilame”. However Anura Kumara Dissanayake bringing this issue up in parliament said that the Basnayake Nilame refered to was none other than the current Devundara Vishnu Dewale incumbent Dishan Wikramaratne Gunasekara who is presently being investigated by the Financial Crime Division for fraud and the caller being none other than the Minister of Minister of Law & Order, Sagala Ratnayake.

President Maithripala Sirisena when questioned in parliament said “I too watched the video footage and vehemently condemn the actions of the IGP and I have asked him for an explanation regarding the incident”.

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  • 21
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    Not just IGP but the Navy Commander who assaulted the journalist should be sacked immediately.

    Will President Sirisena sack both the heads of Police and Navy?

    I doubt this will happen. Not with Ranil around as Prime Minister. He went out of the way to protect that Central Bank Governor Mahendran. Now he will not allow these two to be sacked.

    • 13
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      Naga

      “Not just IGP but the Navy Commander who assaulted the journalist should be sacked immediately.”

      “Will President Sirisena sack both the heads of Police and Navy?”

      It is all in the Para-Sinhala Tribe.

      Interesting question. However, it will be a surprise.

      Sirisena, the Gamarala, has turned out to be a Turncoat, Traitor, Gona (Colloquial Sinhala), Mala-Perethaya to the 6.2 million who voted for him. He is in cahoots with the crooks and killers.

      Will the Turncoat get reformed? What was the experience since Independence in 1948? Even the Leftists joined the Racists.

  • 36
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    What about the fellow who made the call ?
    He gets away with his intervention on a judicial matter ? They both must be sanctioned.
    The caller must be demoted to a lesser file and the IGP warned against future ‘misbehavior’.

    • 5
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      Quite right vishvajith.

      Sagala must be sacked just as much as the miserably pliant IGP. Disgrace to the profession.

      What is the role of the AG (the Joker) in all this. And the Minister of Justice?

  • 19
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    vishavajith: Well said. Why only the IGP? Find the “Caller” and sack him too. Have no MERCY on both; because they have jointly interfered with the execution of the Law. Old habits die hard. In Good Governance, those habits of getting involved in matters of Law and Order must be STOPPED. Who is this “CALLER”? The Government must declare it. The President called an explanation from IGP. So, Mr. President: What have you found out? Who is the “CALLER” and what has he told and discussed with the IGP? These days, you have developed another habit “acquired” from your predecessor of accepting “invitations” from every Dick, Tom & Harry to attend functions and ceremonies and make public speeches, that get “Head Line” in TV News time. So why not tell the country who that caller was? We are waiting to HEAR it from you.

    • 4
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      Decadence so enshrined in our society, it must be hard to inch back towards a just society governed by the rule of law.

      Then, the rule of law must flow from the ‘Top’ he must sanction both involved.

    • 3
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      Douglas

      “vishavajith: Well said. Why only the IGP? Find the “Caller” and sack him too”

      But, both of them are of the same Tribe…

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        Amarey, technically, they are both foreigners no ? They are not from the Vanniye Aththo original people of the land.

  • 14
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    Another chance for Ranil to display his affection for his Sagala and show us all his arrogance and indifference to propriety.

    Oh well, what more can we expect from this present bunch of hypocrites??!!!

    In the meantime, hopefully Maithripala will grow a spine and take the action that the Constitutional Council has recommended.

  • 17
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    Bets are open.

    100 to 1 odds that anything will be done.

    1000 to 1 odds on Impeachment

    2000 to 1 on Resignation

    Any takers?

  • 18
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    Useless punishing the IGP. Punish the person WHO MADE THE CALL TO THE IGP. Surely that person is a politician and that is why NO ONE is seeming to take any action or even talking about the person WHO MADE THE CALL, including the President himself.

  • 15
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    What ever is the out come,
    It is the legacy of this IGP,
    Poodling to politicos and humiliating himself!
    In the Internet, on the recording forever restored!

    I feel sad for him and his kids!

    Si Lanka has lost the class!

    • 1
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      I feel sad for the countless police subordinates who have to call this IGP ‘sir’ and salute all the time. A backbonelss disgrace of a man calling himself the IGP of a nation. No wonder Sagala is using this ‘wakutuweyang’ man to do his unlawful bidding.

    • 4
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      Why don’t the Public Punish the man who made the call? Supposing we, the Public, telephone the man who made the call REPEATEDLY asking him to resign, wouldn’t that be a good Punishment for him and an example to others?

      Let’s fix a starting day and flood him with calls daily until the guy throws in the towel. How about it?

  • 8
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    The move from the President is welcome. BUT what about the “Sir” he should be identified and removed for influencing the police Cheif. Also didn’t the President get the police cheif to sweep the night club incident under the carpet. Isn’t this influencing too. The IGP was the easiest to be sacrificed to keep yahapalanaya afloat.

    ITS ALL BLOODY POLITICS!!! Where the not so important are made scapegoats while the bigger offenders are let to getaway scot free. Arrest the bloody so called “sir”

  • 6
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    Poor IGP, he has to satisfy all the power wielding jackasses in the Parliament and finally has to answer stpid questions. How come the speaker could not find fault with the legislator who called? He is indeed prejudiced. By this he is no longer a speaker, but a ‘spoker’ of righteousness. IGP also should take this as a lesson and not play the tune to the gallery. stick to the law and not to politics how ever difficult it may be.

    Navy Chief should not have acted as a cowboy either. ISPS regulations are sufficient to handle any situations in the Port. But there should be a system established to handle situations and Navy chief should just monitor the progress while his subordinates carried out the necessary. It would have been a big embarrassment if things got out of hand and a free for all ensued.

  • 6
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    If IGP excused himself and got away from the mike and talked to the
    caller, he would not have faced this problem. His callous don’t care
    attitude landed him in a soup.However,his only hope for survival is
    PM Ranil.

  • 3
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    In a big haste, independent commisions were setup and so many appointments require Constitutional Council approval. What about the removals? Some judges can be removed only on “impeachment” by Parliament. In the case of the IGP, Attorney General etc. what is the process laid down?

    In the so called Good old days, the outgoing head of department makes a recommendation with regard to his successor to the Public Service Commission through the Secretary of the Ministry. Very often it is the next in line in the seniority list unless there is something drastically wrong with the second in line. But such cases are eliminated at the start of the career, terminating the probationary appointment. The system worked well.

    It is noted that the present IGP and the AG were not the most senior in rank when they were appointed. So let us see what next.

  • 2
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    Who asked Sagala Rathanayakae to phone IGP. IGP responded the way he should respond toa politician who is also an executive.

    IT is the politician who should resign.

    Who tapped the phone call. that should be investigated to see who else is listening to phone calls.

  • 0
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    This is how the system works watch the 2nd part

    https://youtu.be/-y8WXyUR03M

  • 3
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    Could the IGP ask the caller to Piddle off? Dont interfere and so on?
    Are we trying to be holier than holy in asking the IGP to hang up his boots?
    Reader Kugan has provided a link above to show what this system is all about when it comes to the Police and the Politician.
    We have still to hear about the outcome of the thuggery unleashed by Daham. This also was on video.The irony of this is that the IGP has to pay the price for a system which he had not fathered!

    • 1
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      Plato,

      “Could the IGP ask the caller to Piddle off? Dont interfere and so on?”

      Simple answer is YES.

  • 3
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    Basically the IGP and Sagala Sir are both perverting the course of justice. A serious indictable offence punishable by a lengthy period in jail.

    Sacking is not enough. Jail them.

  • 0
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    [Edited out]

  • 2
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    Hello – Don’t try make SAMBOL out of this.Just smack on the back or an admonition is more than enough. Thi is a very simple matter. Not only IGP all the DIGs/SPs/ ASPs/HQIs/IPs get call regularly from Politicos and subordinates. Every body is a SIR. Now stop this matter and get back to the more important issues. bye Nihal Gunatilake

    • 0
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      No Nihal, this is also one of the many ‘big’ issues
      affecting SL. You can’t pick and choose.

  • 0
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    This website is now getting a reputation for targeting ‘GOOD PEOPLE’ and conducting campaigns to get rid of them.

    Is this due to the main perpetrator behind this web site living in exile and being jealous of anyone who has even an outside chance of doing a job that he has failed to do i.e. make a difference to Sri Lanka while living there ?

    There is a limit to liberalism and it is high time they either reverted to simply reporting what their members have to say or gave up trying to destroy the morale of people who are trying to make a difference in this benighted country !

    • 0
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      Don
      So called good people who are they,the country is going down that’s all the matter is,giving Chinese 90yr lease then why we build the port with very high price.

      Corruption everywhere from school admission to have treatment from hospitals,we are allowing and adopting the black ghost.

      Would you like to see your country like Somalia Afghan . .

      Could you pls reveal who are the good officials,

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