Immediately after being sworn in as the Minister of Law and Order, Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a slew of committees to look into various areas relevant to the ministry, according to a media release issued by the Prime Minister’s office.
Accordingly, a three-member committee was appointed to expedite measures with respect to bribery and corruption. The committee comprises of ministers Dr Rajitha Senaratne, D.M. Swaminathan and Ajith Perera with the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Order, functioning as its secretary.
According to the release, the decision to set up such a committee was taken during a special meeting at Temple Trees this morning (26) called by the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Order with the Inspector General of Police and other senior police officers in attendance. The report submitted by former Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayaka on measures taken so far to combat bribery and corruption was also discussed during the meeting.
Another committee headed by the Prime Minister and including Thalatha Athukorale and Sagala Ratnayake was appointed to to coordinate matters related to the setting up of a university for criminal justice.
Meanwhile, a third committee, made of Thilak Marapana, Ranjith Maddumabandara and Sagala Ratnayake was appointed to expedite action on appeals regarding political victimization in the Police Department.
According to the release, Wickremesinghe had stated that drug raids and operations against organized crime should continue and heavy punishment meted out to wrongdoers. He had also stressed that laws pertaining to the harassment of women should be enforced. Wickremesinghe had furthermore emphasized that where verdicts are unfavorable to cases filed by the Police swift action should be taken to file appeals.