IGP Pujith Jayasundara said today that he would only act according to the orders given by President Maithripala Sirisena, who now handles the Law and Order Ministry.
He expressed these views at a media briefing held at the Police Headquarters in Colombo.
Responding to a request made by former Law and Order Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara to provide additional security to former Prime Minister, the IGP said he could not do so.
UNP MPs Nalin Bandara, Daya Gamage and Palitha Thewarapperuma on Tuesday handed over a letter of former Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara to the IGP directing to provide security personnel and other facilities given to the former Prime Minister and former Ministers as given before October 26 saying that they were still Ministers of the Government.
“The UNP MPs handed over a letter requesting to reinstate their security personnel as before. But the President had appointed a new Prime Minister and new Ministers.
“In line with new appointments, we have already provided required security personnel for the Prime Minister, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, State Ministers and Parliamentarians according to the IGP provision of the Police circular issued on 2015-11-09.
“Therefore the Police could not act on the request of the MP Ranjith Maddumabandara,” the IGP said.
He said that he had informed the UNP MPs that the Police could not implement their written request.
“We will act only according to the instructions and the directions of the President as the Law and Order Ministry is now comes under the Defence Ministry, which is handled by the President,” the IGP said.
However, when asked about the Speaker’s Statement that he would only recognise the status quo that prevailed in Parliament before the appointment of the new Prime Minister, the IGP refrained from commenting. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
SARA Seneviratne Wednesday, 07 November 2018 01:26 PM
What an ungrateful IGP who does not have a backbone...just like his Chief MS.
umen Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:51 PM
this comment site is infected by diasporas, there is a law in this country, IGP has to follow it
Curious Wednesday, 07 November 2018 05:26 PM
And, when MS goes home.......!!!?
Samson Wednesday, 07 November 2018 01:34 PM
Please start packing your bags, you will be sent as an ambassador.
Ganesh Wednesday, 07 November 2018 01:49 PM
Actually the top government servants are under tension as to whom they have to report and as to whose orders they have to carry out .How can they work independently is the problem because of one novice and opportunistic President who was elected by 6.2 million voters of this country.
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 07 November 2018 01:55 PM
Soon you will be sacked. Henchmen of the dictator are not welcome any more.
Chari Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:00 PM
Need to follow the process... Not gratitude.
Dillan Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:09 PM
Sri Lankan army police navy should be brave like LTTE. Or black tigers then good thing wiĺl happen
Dan Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:49 PM
Do not insult our heroic forces..were you not born at the time when our forces crushed LTTE and all Black, White and Green Tigers ????
Shan Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:26 AM
Yes yes like how Gen. Fonseka who lead was treated.
sandy123 Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:11 PM
Get ready to vacate your post. Next IGP race will start soon. On your mark-get set ready-go......
Dhammika Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:16 PM
NO SECURITY AT ALL . If they are in politics they should be able to travel ALONE like rest of the people . They are NOT infants NOR kids who cannot travel alone .
suresh Wednesday, 07 November 2018 02:49 PM
Follow the constitution you took oath not anyone’s else orders
S.P.Ramkumar Wednesday, 07 November 2018 03:06 PM
Dear IGPYou should work according to the constitution and law of the land. Not for masters.
Shelley Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:01 PM
But Mr. IGP you duty is to provide protection to anybody whose life is under threat.Can you remember Ranil (still PM) said in Parliement when met on that shamefull day that he would issue orders to provide more and more security personnel to MR who was then only a MP.
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