A strong intervention by the National Police Commission last evening prompted the IGP to reverse his own order. The Commission has reportedly sought an explanation from Jayasundara as to why the officer, who was handling several high-profile investigations, had been transferred.
Meanwhile, a letter to IGP Jayasundara, written by CID Director Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne, revealed that it was Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne who was instrumental in the transfer of Nishantha Silva.
Colombo Telegraph saw a copy of the letter in which Seneviratne blames Wijegunaratne for framing allegations against the senior Police officer and engineering his transfer. At the last security council meeting chaired by President Sirisena, Wijegunaratne had stated that Nishantha Silva maintained connections with the LTTE.
The irony is that Wijegunartne, who accuses Silva of being an LTTE operative, is a suspect in the investigation relating to the abductions and killings of 11 youth perpetrated by a gang led by Chandana Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, a close associate of Navy Sampath.
The accusation was a blatantly vengeful attempt by Wijegunaratne to axe the senior Police officer who was handling the investigation into the case. President Sirisena has wholeheartedly supported Wijegunaratne’s sinister attempt by promptly ordering the IGP to transfer Silva to the Negombo Police Division.