Video: Establishing of Police Commission would be referred to a PSC: Govt.

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The Government responding to the controversy surrounding the transfer of DIG M.R. Latheef said today the establishment of an Independent Police Commission as recommended by the LLRC would be referred to a Parliament Select Committee.

Government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella while admitting that it would be wrong for any public servant to exert pressure on the Police to release their supporters said the country’s law would be implemented against those who do so.

The Minister made these remarks after journalists questioned the Minister regarding the controversial transfer of DIG M.R Latheef from the Moneragala District.

“If anyone exerts pressure on the Police, demanding the release of people involved in illegal activities its wrong. No one can exert pressure on the law enforcement authorities and if they do so the country’s law will apply,” he said.

The Minister, however said that his Cabinet colleague Minister Sumedha Jayasena had categorically told him after the Cabinet meeting, that she did not exert any pressure on the Police.

“She admitted that she called the IGP, but she denied exerting any sort of pressure on the Police,” the Minister said.

However, Minister Jayasena has not retracted nor sent any form of clarification to the Daily Mirror story published in this regard quoting her “seeking relief” from the IGP and that she called the IGP only because “He (DIG Latheef) had instructed everyone not to listen to politicians and to only take orders from him.”

When journalists questioned the minister as to the morality and legality of a politician calling the Police and requesting “relief” for those involved in illegal activities the Minister said it would depend on the circumstances. Minister Rambukwella went on to state that an elected member has a right to speak to the Inspector General of Police, but agreed that the issue could not be confined to a single incident.

“Of course I understand the issue,” he said when journalists pointed out the depth of the issue, whereby a brother of a Pradeshiya Sabha member and a Cabinet Minister could exert pressure for the transfer of a Deputy Inspector General of Police. (By Hafeel Farisz)
 
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  • unchikun Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:49 PM

    It is not a PIC we need.We need a change in regime and the opposition .

    Lal Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:54 PM

    Why did the Government fail to establish independent Police Commission all these years? This is only an eye-wash, just before the forthcoming UNHRC session.

    Rata Haraka Friday, 22 February 2013 08:22 AM

    Will this PSC also abuse and disgrace the persons in question, as in the previous case.

    Harris Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I don't know why journalists waste time with this government spokesman who distorts the truth to keep his job. Journalists should fearlessly represent the people's sentiment on such issues. Frankly this transfer shows how manipulative this government is to allow its citizens to live under a law of its own to protect parliamentarians. via DM iPad app

    Nodrog Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:47 AM

    To protect pariahs like you!

    Nangi Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:32 PM

    we Sri Lankan salute you.

    MountainLion Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:39 PM

    In a civilized country such as the US or the west, she would have to resign with immediate effect.

    RUSH Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Mr Rabuckwella is that only the parliamentarians can ask for relief from the IGP ? And Is there anyway we the public also can call the IGP when there is a necessity? via DM iPad app

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:47 PM

    The D.I.G. Is very Correct He Has Done His Duty. The Pressure Has Definitely Come From The Lady Minister. Please Do The Needful. She Is Deserved To To Punished.

    Mr Retort Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:51 PM

    PSC is a bull shit process. We have seen how it works in Sri Lanka.

    ramuk Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:55 PM

    y pariah state need a police?

    Mr.Bean Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:17 PM

    This is why everybody trying to be a politician is Sri Lanka.
    Corrupts follow corruptions.


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