A huge social media outcry is demanding the immediate resignation of the Inspector General Police Pujith Jayasundara after he himself publicly made a mockery of the Yahapalanaya government’s formulated independent Police Commission that has been created to stop acts as displayed by him.
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.
Incidentally the Devundara Vishnu Dewale is situated in Sagala Ratnayake’s electorate.
“What is the power that the IGP is wielding? That is a matter and a decision for judiciary. Who is this sir he was addressing? As a parliament we need to know. It is extremely clear how these ‘Sirs’ will do what it takes to protect fraudsters. I believe this so called ‘Sir’ the IGP was referring to is Sagala Ratnayake. If it is not him then the IGP should inform this parliament who it was” Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.
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”.
Under the Maithripala Sirisena led Yahapalanaya government three independent commissions were formed on the 14th of October 2015 under the 19th amendment to the constitution which was National Police Commission, Public Service Commission and the Election Commission.
A prominent lawyer speaking to Colombo Telegraph when contacted said “Where is the natural justice when the IGP himself violates the independent Police Commission rules and regulations so open and blatantly? Politicians are merely causing unjust interference. This is a third world political set up”.
The independent Police Commission proudly proclaims in its vision statement to be a “A safe, secure and peaceful society through a credible, independent and professional Police service” whilst it mission statement reads “ To transform Sri Lanka Police into an efficient, transparent and responsive service that, respects and protects Human Rights, ensures Public Accountability and upholds the Rule of Law”.
President Maithripala Sirisena now finds himself in a tango as it is only he who has the power to replace the Inspector General of Police. The National Police Commission is an independent body established under the 19th amendment to the constitution vested with powers of appointments transfers and promotions, control of discipline and dismissal of all ranks of police officers except the IGP. (By Janaka Ranaweera)