The government has decided to restructure the Attorney General’s Department, in an effort to strengthen the department’s role and to ensure action against high profile cases will not continue to be delayed.
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Cabinet of Ministers have decided to take necessary steps to expedite cases, as hundreds of cases were piling up at the department. He told the Sunday Times that a restructuring plan will be introduced at the Attorney General’s Department in an effort to prevent delays. A committee of Ministers and MPs, headed by Rajapakshe has been tasked with the restructuring initiative and to also investigate the reasons for delays in taking action against cases.
According to Rajapakshe, the AG’s Department was under the purview of the President during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term, which led to various political interference, and the new committee has been tasked to undo this and give necessary independence to the department so it can carry out its duties without any interference.
The committee comprises of Ministers Susil Premajayanth, Rauff Hakeem, D M Swaminathan and MPs Tilak Marapana and Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne.