SC finds fault with IGP


The Supreme Court has declared that a statement made by Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera soon after assuming office as IGP that his first duty in office would be to transfer the Senior Superintendent of Police, Kilinochchi is contrary to the law and beyond his authority.

Jayasundera told this to SSP Palitha Siriwardena during a meeting at the Kilinochchi District Secretariat soon after being appointed the IGP.

SSP Siriwardena filed an application in the Supreme Court complaining of the violation of his fundamental rights and violation of the law by the IGP’s threat and requested the court to prevent him from carrying it out.

When the case was taken up before a bench comprising Chief Justice K. Sripavan and Justice Anil Goneratne, lawyers for the petitioner and Senior State Counsel S. Bhari made presentations.

The Chief Justice had pointed out that officers above an Assistant Superintendent of Police could be transferred not by the IGP but by the National Police Commission. If the respondent IGP acted in violation of that fundamental he would violate the law.

The FR application had cited 11 respondents, including the IGP, NPC Chairman, its Secretary and other members, Minister Sagala Ratnayake and the Attorney General.

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