Attorney General lambastes top cops

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Attorney General Dappula De Livera yesterday reprimanded higher officials of the Sri Lanka Police Department stating that they were responsible for the state of affairs at the Police Department.

"Only the corrupt protect the corrupt. Higher officials are responsible for the state of affairs at the Police Department. If not by law, all involved in this crime will be punished by Karma," the Attorney General said in a scathing critique of police officers' conduct. He made these remarks in the presence of the Acting Inspector General of Police and other senior ranking officials of the Police Department.

The lecture was held at the Deputy Inspector General's office in Olcott Mawatha, Colombo, instructing police officers on their conduct in relation to the recently foiled Heroin racket involving uniformed officers. The Attorney General made special note of cases where Heroin taken into custody were sold to racketeers by police officers, as well as other offenses. He also made note of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) duties' in a supervisory capacity. 

Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardane, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara and Coordinating officer for the Attorney General Attorney Nishara Jayarathna were present at this lecture when Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne delivered the welcome address.

However when the Attorney General addressed the Police officers, the Acting IGP Wickramaratne had reportedly walked out of the meeting. 

The Attorney General said that he was invited to deliver the lecture by the Narcotics Bureau Director. He said that due to the present circumstances the Attorney General is able to deliver a lecture to the high ranking police officers, even without an invitation, owing to the powers vested in him under section 393(2). 

The Attorney General's speech went on for over two hours, following which DIG Ajith Rohana delivered the vote of thanks.(Manopriya Gunasekera)

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  • BadBoy Saturday, 04 July 2020 04:52 PM

    Re-selling contraband is only a transfer, as they are high officers and know what is going on between Police Department

    neil Saturday, 04 July 2020 05:07 PM

    People were wondering what is happening to drugs taken into custody. They suspect politicians and higher offcers. DO SRI LANKA HAVE PROCEDURE TO RECORD AND STORE Druges? Also prevent drugs becoming just white powder?

    CJ Saturday, 04 July 2020 05:08 PM

    Corrupt to the core!. Do we have procedure to record and destroy what was taken ( not exchenged ) stuff

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 04 July 2020 05:23 PM

    Please do not blame them, it is the Culture of the Majority to be dishonest, racist and corrupt at all levels whether Political, Religious, Financial, Agriculture, Development and absolutely everywhere.

    Citizen Saturday, 04 July 2020 05:46 PM

    LAMBASTING HAS SO FAR BEEN DONE TO THE CENTRAL BANK ,THE PRISONS DEPT. AND THE POLICE DEPT. WHO WILL LAMBAST THE AG's DEPT.AND THE JUDICIARY WITH REGARD TO THE NAGGING PROBLEM OF LAW'sDELAYS?

    Kapila Senaratne Saturday, 04 July 2020 05:50 PM

    Hope our top cop hasn’t started politics.

    Roger Galpihilla - Germany Saturday, 04 July 2020 05:56 PM

    It was Once upon a Time men in uniforms were Honest. Corruption in society spreading faster than Covid-19.

    Hari M Saturday, 04 July 2020 06:27 PM

    Oh he is vetting his anger for not arresting Judge Philapitiya. Not that he was genuinely interested in routing out corruption and nepotism in the police force..

    ara Saturday, 04 July 2020 06:54 PM

    What is the Government doing. The IGP is still acting after Pujith Jayasundera retired. Why cant a Senior DIG's name be sent to the Constitutional Council for approval as IGP.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 04 July 2020 07:11 PM

    Section 393 (2) of what? It is meaningless to quote a Section number without stating what the Act or Ordinance or whatever, is.

    Kapila Senaratne Saturday, 04 July 2020 09:29 PM

    Zero comments surprised

    Kumar, Lawyer Saturday, 04 July 2020 10:41 PM

    All the Attorney Generals of the past were weak men and their focus were to get into Supreme Court as Judges, post AG. These girly men danced to the Police Tune and Politicians Drums. Let’s be proud that we have at last got the best AG any country could have.

    Buddhist Sunday, 05 July 2020 09:17 PM

    Today AG is lecturing senior police officers. What about he himself protecting crooks on bribery and corruption cases where politicians are involved? Why cases are being delayed and half cooked evidence is presented to courts so that cases can be postponed indefinitely over and over again?

    MN Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:09 PM

    During PCoI sessions, one witness said, Saharan's file was with AG, from June 2017 till the bombs blast, any investigation on that delay,


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