AG urged to take unbiased decision on MP Hirunika

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The People’s Collective Movement (Puravesi Ekamuthuwa) yesterday urged the Attorney General to take an unbiased decision as regard Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra’s alleged involvement in the abduction of a man.

Addressing the media at the Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) Head quarters at Punchi Borella, Joint Convenor, Saman Ratnapruya said that as the parliamentarian’s security guards had been arrested and remanded for abducting a 34-year-old man using a Defender belonging to her, the AG should also look into the reports given by the Police and give a decision on the MP’s alleged involvement in the matter.

Ratnapriya stressed that the law should apply to everyone equally. Although the case was not similar to incidents which occurred during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime when people like Sivaram, Ravi Raj and Prageeth Eknaligoda were abducted in white vans and were either killed or made to disappear.

"People voted for a change and not to have similar incidents repeated," he said.

The Joint Convenor also condemned an attack carried out by a group allegedly led by Kolonnawa Urban Council Chairman Raveendra Udayashaantha on a peaceful protest against the Meethotamulla garbage dump. The UC Chairman allegedly claimed that he had not been informed of the first protest. "There is no need for people to give notice to anyone regarding such matters," Ratnapriya said, the victims had been exercising their right to protest. He urged the Kollonnawa Police to carry out an impartial investigation into the matter.

The Joint Convenor urged Judicial Service Commission and the IGP to refrain from transferring government officials who were executing their duties impartially. Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris and Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya had been given transfers which had been canceled later. The two were presiding over high profile cases which allegedly involved the conduct of members of the previous government.

Ratnapriya said an IP of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges ((PRECIFAC), too, had been transferred on an order of the IGP.

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