Friday, 21 September 2018 05:46

Govt Orders Probe into IGP on Public Complaint Conduct Unbecoming

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Controversies surrounding the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara reached a turning point yesterday with the Ministry of Law and Order being ordered to conduct a ministerial probe on the conduct of the country’s top policeman and submit a report in two weeks to Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara.

Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara confirmed in Parliament that this action follows the Ministry receiving a complaint against the IGP to the effect that his conduct is unbecoming of an officer. The Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order will conduct the inquiry.


Bandara told Ceylon Today that the complaints related to statements Jayasundara has made to the media and also his behaviour in public, which is not suited to his position as the top law enforcement officer of the land.

Among the instances, Bandara said, was the IGP dancing, while in full uniform at the Kandy Esala Perahera and his behaviour at a Government school in Kotapola where he spoke to students and staff in what was seen as offensive.


The Deputy Minister also said that this investigation had no connection to the current CID probe into the alleged conspiracy to assassinate President Sirisena, where Deputy Inspector General Nalaka de Silva had been sent on compulsory leave.


This disclosure was made amidst speculation that both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had suggested that IGP Jayasundara step down from his post within two weeks.

Deputy Minister Bandara said that these media reports were not true. The Prime Minister’s office has also denied these reports. There had been no such request or directives received by the National Police Commission or the Ministry, the Deputy Minister said responding to a question raised by Ratnapura District UPFA MP Kanaka Herath.


Removing the IGP from office is a complex matter and has to be done under the Removal of Officers (Procedure) Act No. 5 of 2002, constitutional experts said yesterday. This was enacted as a supplementary law to the 17th Amendment. It prescribes a separate safeguard for the removal of the IGP, placing it on par with Appellate Court Judges. The procedure involves a preliminary inquiry and then a subsequent hearing before a committee appointed by the Constitutional Council.


Meanwhile, a three-member committee is to be appointed to conduct the aforementioned probe, said Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanne.


(Ceylon Today)

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