CAFFE cries foul over new inquiry against Tennekoon

by Lal Gunesekera

A new disciplinary inquiry against the Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) Rajith Kirthi Tennekoon has been initiated by the administration of the University of Kelaniya.

Five days after the end of the local government elections, Vice Chancellor Sarath Amunugama had said that a new inquiry will be held against Tennekoon for his actions as the Media Coordinator for CAFFE.

Tennekoon was stripped of his post at the University in October 2008 for allegedly exposing election law violations and other irregularities at the Eastern Provincial Council election. The first officer in charge of this disciplinary inquiry resigned on the day he was to conclude the inquiry.

CAFFE’s Director/Legal Harindra Banagala said that during the second inquiry the officials released Tennekoon, but the university refused to accept the decision and decided to begin another, 33 months after Tennekoon was stripped of his post.

CAFFE published six separate reports on the recent LG elections focused on intimidation, abuse of State resources and mass scale poll card snatching in Kilinochchi.

Banagala said that the new disciplinary inquiry was initiated to remove Tennekoon from his position and intimidate civil society activists from the academia.

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