Minister Jayasena says called IGP to “seek relief”

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Cabinet Minister Sumedha Jayasena while admitting that she called the IGP and requested the release of three illegal sand miners, who were arrested on December 27, said she intended to make a statement regarding the issue.

“This is all fabrication; the media is slinging mud at us. There were three people who were caught on December 27, and they were helpers working at a building I am constructing but I had no knowledge of this particular incident. These people were arrested and they did not know that it was illegal. They had done this before as well. When they were arrested I didn’t call any other officer because I don’t do things like that. I only called the IGP and asked him to give the people some relief” she said.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs when asked if calling the IGP to “seek relief” for those involved in illegal activities was ethical, the Minister admitted it was not.

“I thought it was more prudent to call the IGP and tell him. I admit it was wrong. I have called the DIG twice before and on both occasions the people were punished so I didn’t call him. I asked the IGP to give some relief because those arrested didn’t know what they were doing was illegal or that there was no permit,” the Minister said.

Speaking further the Minister said the IGP had responded saying if the complaint was not written “he would see what he could do”.

 “You can verify with the IGP if you wish. At the time the complaint was not written and as soon as the DIG had gotten to know about this (call to the IGP) he had hurriedly written the complaint and told to produce them in courts.”

The Minister when asked if she was aware about the previous convictions of the suspects for the same offence, she said she wasn’t.

 “How would I know? They were only helpers or the workers and I was not aware of any such thing” she said.

She further said she had requested the IGP to conduct an investigation into the actions of the DIG “much before these incidents”.

“ I have documentary proof to show how the DIG victimized people and I will submit them all. Innocent people were victimized. I’ll give you an example.

There was an incident in the Moneragala town where there was fight between a group and two drunken policemen. The four people who were arrested in connection with the fight were produced with bogus possessions. One person was even produced and said to have had 2 kilos of Ganja. Who will come to a fight with Ganja?” she asked.

When it was pointed out that the incident involved a brother of the Chairman of a Pradeshiya Sabha, who was convicted for assaulting a forest range officer and was serving a suspended sentence the Minister said she was not aware of this fact.

“ I don’t know about the history, but on this instance everything was false. I have never done anything wrong in my life. We had urged the IGP to give the people of the district some relief by taking the DIG out of the area. The OIC and the HQIs were terrified of him and we can’t talk to them. He had instructed everyone not to listen to politicians and to only take orders from him. The OICs will talk now, they were frightened to work under him” the Minister said.

Minister prompts DIG transfer, Police deny political pressure

Top Police sources alleged yesterday that the controversial removal of the Moneragala Police division from DIG M.R.Lathif was prompted by an incident involving the arresting of illegal sand miners connected to Cabinet Minister Sumedha Jayasena of the Moneragala District.

Accordingly the Cabinet Minister had allegedly exerted pressure on Police officers to release, three men who were arrested while sand mining on the banks of Kumbukkan oya on December 27.

The minister had reportedly urged the Police officers at the arresting station, including senior officers overlooking the area to release the offenders stating “They are my men and the sand was to build my house”.

However, the Police had withstood the pressure upon instructions from DIG M.R Lathiff and produced the three men in courts. Consequent to the calls from the Minister and a subsequent background check on the suspects, it was revealed that they had been convicted for the same offence on a previous occasion.

The suspects were reportedly fined Rs. 170,000 each after being produced in court.

Sources said the sand was actually to be transported to a site of a “three to four storey hotel that was being built.”

While pressure was building up on the Police over this incident, in a separate incident on January 30 four men including the brother of a Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman of the area were arrested for allegedly assaulting three Police officers on duty.

Four men under the influence of liquor had created a stir at the Moneragala main bus stop, after which three patrolling policemen had intervened. The four men had allegedly assaulted the Police officers with a sword and fled the area.

Later that night all four men were arrested and brought to the Moneragala Police station.

During investigations it was revealed that one of the suspects, who is the brother of the PS Chairman was under a suspended sentence imposed on him for assaulting and snatching away the duty pistol of a range forest officer previously.

The local government member had then allegedly exerted undue pressure on the Police to release the suspect, to which the Police had not relented. It is reported that DIG Lathif had stood his ground and instructed the local Police to act according to the law which irked the PS member and his colleagues.
Sources in the area said that the former STF veteran upon appointment as DIG had initiated “Community based Policing” with vigour in the area. Police personnel including the OIC of Police stations were instructed and encouraged to participate with affairs of the locals in order to curb an increasing crime rate, and other social vices prevalent in the rural villages.

It is reported that the “complaint box” system, whereby a complaint box is placed in a school system was introduced by the DIG, which led to the detection of many criminal activities in the area together with social vices. This system was later implemented islandwide on instructions of the Police Chief IGP N.K. Ilangakoon.

The DIG had also initiated many projects which were focused on curbing social vices, sources in the area said that the Buttala, Dambayaya school issue was a case point, where the DIG using his personal contacts had urged donors to contribute to the schooling of children who had to move away from the village school after grade 5.

The DIG had also initiated a 24 hour traffic Policing system which included Policemen conducting random checks on vehicles.

 “This was a turning point, The Police were instructed to be vigilant on three 8 hour shifts. That meant that all the illegal activities of treasure hunting, illegal sand mining and transportation of ganja were curbed because the Police officers on duty were instructed to be vigilant on every moving vehicle. This created a major stir within many powerful people who resented it” a source said.

Thereafter at the District Development Committee meeting held on February 12 the local politicians had accused the DIG of being biased to which he retorted in the strongest possible terms. The local politicians had insisted on the transfer of the DIG and had threatened not to participate in any meeting until there demands were met and walked out of the meeting.

UNP Moneragala District parliamentarian Ranjith Maddumabandara speaking to the Daily Mirror alleged that the Police had succumbed to political pressure.

 “He was an officer who worked independently and this is the fate of such Police officers who work independently without fear or favor” he said.

Police say…

Police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody denied that the transfer of the DIG had been due to political pressure.

 “There is no truth in the assertion that there was political pressure. In the letter of appointment to the DIG to the Badulla district it was stated that he would overlook the Moneragala District until a permanent DIG was appointed. Recently senior Police officers were promoted and therefore a different DIG was appointed to the Moneragala District. There was no transfer as such” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Ravi Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:36 AM

    These corrupt useless politicians need to stay out of the legal system.

    Palitha Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:36 AM

    The honest cop was transferred because this woman wants to build her hotel cheaply avoiding taxes. Its as simple as that.

    Ravi Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:38 AM

    Another dirty politician ruining Sri Lanka!

    Dalu banda Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:48 AM

    I think that this is one aspect of what UN is after. To have independent police commissions and other dependent bodies

    සරත් Tuesday, 19 February 2013 06:56 AM

    Caught red handed. She knows she has committed a crime. She should be sacked.

    kolla Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:43 AM

    Bullshit madam now you did what u want and keep eating rest of the country as well !!!

    asoka Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:43 AM

    Police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody denied that the transfer of the DIG had been due to political pressure. PRASHANTHA JAYAKODY BORU KIYANNEY...

    Ravi Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:42 AM

    So, there is one law for all the politicians and another for the rest of Sri Lankans?

    Raizuh Lankai Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:54 AM

    Dont worry all qualified minister. We can solve this by giving IGP an ambassador post and the good DIG A Happy Niwan Sapa. Jayawewa1

    Roy Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:53 AM

    police chief, give telephone instruments with rcordable facility and CLI for all police stations and top officers. Then those idiot politicians can be exposed. Encourage your all officers act like DIG Lattif then it become no point of tranfering one such officer. Hw ever we feel the sacrifice of patriot pepole in our motherland is a vain effort.

    ravisandu Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:54 AM

    She should be chased out for not being corrupt; everyone in this government is corrupt to the core, but for issuing such foolish statements. Classic example of " Hath pale gaa gannava "

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:58 AM

    So the minister lied... she said the guys didnt know it was " Illegal" to mine sand. LMAO.. but its proved they had a previous conviction.... What is she trying to cover? She had said it was for " HER USE" SO What is banned to the public is OK for the politicians? How come? Are they above the Law? She used a proxy to " STEAL" charge her in courts just like any other layman would have been.... PERIOD....

    renu Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:09 AM

    She is a disgrace, to ask pardon for Criminals, What kind of Minister is this , moreover being a lady!!!! but the Pedigree counts!

    shihan Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:10 AM

    Miracle within miracle.

    Jegan Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:02 AM

    Blessed Sri Lanka. We have Ministers like this who talk like babies. The wonder (`Acharya') of Sri Lanka will be that she will continue in her office as a Minister unabated.

    king kekille Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:04 AM

    going forward anyone in this country can do any illegal activity if he or she does not know if its illegal (or in another word they pretend that they dont know) and court shouldn't punish them.

    Sarath Kuru Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:05 AM

    political Power More Stronger Than Police Power.sad story.
    of chintanaya.

    Nina Kamal Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:12 AM

    This is purely mud-slinging on a diligent, officer and a gentlemen!!! Very sad state of affairs when it comes to the un-educated members of the parliament! God Bless our lawless nation!

    prem Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:09 AM

    This is what is cvall ed as pressure madam Minister

    S Ranatunga Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:18 AM

    If our leaders want (which I doubt) to correct the country, they should give this lady some basic training on government department procedures and reinstate Honourable DIG Lathiff in his previous position. Again, that is if our leaders want to correct the country, most of them not interested or they are not capable of doing it.

    Due to the inability's of our politicians, Defence secretory should get involved in cleaning roads to ending the 30 year old terrorist conflict. I’m quite sure if he gets involved in this case, we will see some justice.

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:28 AM

    Jungle Law At It's Best

    Ranjith Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:15 AM

    The baby minister does not know anyrhing. The crual DIG should be given death sentence

    Dee Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:33 AM

    wait a few more months

    Kj Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:24 AM

    I thought only King makes decisions.. seems all are kings and queens in our wonderland..god bless our country!

    Dinesh Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:24 AM

    Minister Sumedha...give a feeding bottle with milk.....most of the things she does not know....just like the rest of the gang.

    Who voted for them......

    T.B Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I thought only the male ministers does these kind of muddy things. btw why did you fear for this useless woman? seek legal help as you did your job, when they get out of power they'll be punished. let's hope atleast. don't just go away from this prob via DM Android App

    aj Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:30 AM

    Oh Please Minister Sumedha Jayasena Is s real Baba.....That she didn't know the helpers were doing illlegal acctivity.........It is a real shame that she is even mentioning these thing to the media ......that shows how educated thses cabinet ministers are..............

    Reeri Yaka Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:36 AM

    I killed a person and I did not know that it was illegal. Please don't arrest me !!

    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:04 AM

    Funniest part is she claims to say she has not done anything wrong!

    Rata Haraka Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:49 AM

    When Diogenes was asked why he went about with a lamp in broad daylight, he confessed, "I am looking for an honest man." Thus is the situation in the 'Miracle of Asia', especially amongst government servants in power (politicians, police etc). When, on the rare occasion one (an honest man) is found, he is either 'bumped off' or, in this case, transferred. Lankaawe, apey lankaawe.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:50 AM

    Obviously, the minister concerned has been engaged in a lot of illegal activities with the help of "her men " since this is not the first time these men had been charged with illegal sand mining. These uneducated ministers think that everything is fair when it comes to their personal benefits and then they cover their nakedness with a fig leaf called "patriotism". It is crystal clear now that there is no place for any honest man in this country any more.

    Sandminer Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:02 AM

    'He had instructed everyone not to listen to politicians and to only take orders from him'.
    the biggest crime he has done to get a transfer.

    Lankan Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:18 AM

    world is watching our democracy. all those in the parliament are criminals in this country. talking only democracy working for all criminals. even the opposition in the country. wonder of Asia.

    ahmeer Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:10 AM


    Dushmantha Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:22 AM

    According to news item Minister Sumeda Jayasena says "We had urged the IGP to give the people of the district some relief by taking the DIG out of the area" and the Police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody denied that the transfer of the DIG had been due to political pressure". At least the minster had the guts to admit what she did whereas the Police spokesman doesn't have a back bone. APAE TAX SALLI WALIN MUN DEGOLLATAMA KANDA DENA APITA ILAPATHEN GAHANDA ONA.

    DeSelva Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:25 AM

    what kind of a relief

    F Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:00 AM

    we need Latheef in every police station in the Banana Republic via DM Android App

    chandrakumar Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:18 AM

    Ministers interfearing in police work. This is how the country is going towards a lawless society.

    Amdon Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:29 AM

    Anee Paw...Sumedha is a Thottha Baba...

    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:30 AM

    Did anybody notice even the IGP has succumbed to the political pressure.

    jdue silva Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:32 AM

    Very stupid Minister. Once she came to "Punchi Pahe Mang" programme and she couldnt answer how many centimeters are there in a meter. But she is a ACHARYA. Shame

    Jayasekara Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:52 PM

    It is the IGP who should be demoted and transferred

    Tube Light Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:11 PM

    what's so wrong? Isn't this "wonder of Asia"?

    Anna Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:37 AM

    The Govt GOONS have stuck again!!!

    DIG, you should be proud and take the transfer as a compliment. You were transfered for doing your job according to your conscience and the law! MR, YOUR GOVT HAS BROUGHT NOTHING BUT SHAME TO SRI LANKA AND HER PEOPLE! The day will dawn when you have to answer for your sins!!!!!!!!!

    Kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:30 AM


    cos buwa Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:18 AM

    Politicians don't know activities they are carrying out illegal. Bcs they have nt had chance to got at least basic education.

    Ranjitdea Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:33 AM

    It seems the Hon Minister does not know what is right and what is wrong/ No medicine for ignorance!

    Donga-The-Bonga Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:29 AM

    Sri Lanka, THE MIRACLE OF ASIA!!!!!!!!

    Sapumal Bandara Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:40 AM

    The DIG concerned requested for the transfer - SIMPLE ARITHMATIC!

    Bob Seygal Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:29 AM

    This woman should not be a Cabinet minister according to her statement. I don't know what is the best job fit her logic and mentality about law and order. No wonder MR is facing a difficult time at home and abroad.

    Prasad Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:42 AM

    Pathetic MR !!! Shame on you !!!!

    WE never expected to have this kind of idiotic cabinet ministers. She at least don't know how to cover up.

    Do you want Police to be DOGs ??? I am also responcibl for this since I voted for MR govt. Shame on me also !!

    Hena Gahapan munta !!

    Richardson Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:54 AM


    sach Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:52 AM

    of course shame on u!

    Saradial Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:44 AM

    Anay baba!

    raj Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:39 AM

    Ignorance of the Law is not an excuse. If she pleads that her workers did not know the law, then every person arrested is innocent, cos they can also plead of not knowing the law. This is absurd.

    Elakiri Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:00 AM

    We got thugs in the parliament. via DM Android App

    Lal Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:51 AM

    Minister admitting that she called the IGP concerning the arrested people and then saying that she did not know her men were involving in illegal sand mining is a bit of a joke. No explanation is required as someone with a little bit of common sense would understand as to who was behind all the illegal activities these men have committed and why the police officer was transferred.

    niroshana Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:57 AM

    of course OIC is to follow DIG's instructions not the politicians order finely we are loosing a honest officer

    Dee Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:44 AM


    Amit Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:53 AM

    A sad state of affairs. A dedicated officer of the law punished for doing his job. The UNP is wrong (stupid as always?) to claim the DIG is "independent". The DIG is a man of integrity and honour doing the right thing, his job: upholding the law and serving the people. Ironically it is the same people who vote into power utter filth, be this filth from the UPFA or UNP.

    disgusted Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:50 AM

    resign you simple person without principles or morals.
    what fool appointed her to the cabinet.

    sunil23 Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:47 AM

    Golden words from the minister

    ''The OIC and the HQIs were terrified of him and we can’t talk to them. He had instructed everyone not to listen to politicians and to only take orders from him. The OICs will talk now, they were frightened to work under him” the Minister said''
    Take orders and dance from street Do................

    Ravi Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:54 AM

    No law and order in this country best thing every one should try to become politicians

    Sana Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:55 AM

    I was thinking this could happen only in Indian movies.... Sad to see a honest lion leaving...

    smash Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:28 PM

    His Exe. President what is happening in your cabinet?

    Rajitha Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:50 AM

    They were caught once already. Even after second time they did not know it was illegal?

    You build 5 storey hotel and ripping off public madam. You and your corrupt SLFP should be kicked out soon.

    Bandara- Moneragala Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:52 AM

    this is all due to foolish voteres in the Moneragala district at every election. I dont know when these sri lankan foolish voteres learn a lession by appointing such stupid and currupted politician.

    these bugers never allow to work good government officers and allow only for their hencement to work. why we are such so unlucky to born in this country..

    hb Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:59 AM

    With these type of ministers in the present government, we will surely be the miracle of asia in no time

    MountainLion Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:00 AM

    These are our so called patriots. Will do anything for money.

    R.Rohan Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:34 PM

    We need to blame the constitution for giving clout for these corrupted politicians to survive.

    len Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:03 AM

    I know nothing says the minister. Bumbling Sargent Shullts character from 60's old sitcom Hogans Heroes couldn't have said better.

    Thomas Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:59 AM

    Police cannot be subservient to Politicians.
    Stand up for the right, and fight these unscrupulous politicians

    Chandima Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:07 AM

    Oya baba ......

    Lalith Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:02 AM

    It was unfortunate that this politician did not know the interest of the general public who voted her, God Bless next time !!! Politicians are not to protest sand minors, but to work for the well-being of the people. They should maintain diplomacy in the politics rather than showing protecting illegal workers who ruins the Country. What a waste of public resources to appoint appoint such stupids !!!!!!!

    Lal Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:07 AM

    Absolutely true. Minister should be sacked, and her henchmen should be charged for all legal sand mining and the DIG should be re-instated in Moneragala. .

    citizen Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:12 AM

    "they did not know that it was illegal"
    Can a ordinary citizen uses sames words at police ?
    I think she must resign from the post. she has been a minister for long time and telling us "unknowing is excuse for illegal act"
    what a shame

    Fayad Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:24 AM

    May be this how democratic nations function ?
    Politician do support illegal activity, what do you expect from this kind of act

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:21 AM

    Whatever pros & cons in the whole episode one thing is clear every thing will be at the whims & fancies of corrupt politicians. Withstanding political pressure is not just practical.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:21 AM

    Aiyo you are a thoththa baba and shameless women, but then in Rajapakse's regime this is not a surprise. Everybody is criminal to the core. The IGP when stating "if the complaint was not written “he would see what he could do” clearly states what ethics, integrity and discipline he belongs, but then again this fellow is also a Rajapakse henchman, so what more.

    ss Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:23 AM

    Did 25 thousand war heroes gave their life to save these scoundrels?

    Partial Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:28 AM

    As usual politicians trying to hoodwink us. However respectable law enforces such as DIG M.R Lathiff have no place in a country that has been raped by politics. Minister Jayasena did not know sand mining was illegal??? Thotha Baba.

    Inaz Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:30 AM

    This man should lead the country to restore the public confidence in law and order in our Banana Republic.

    ANDARE Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:25 AM

    Accoording to the lady minister's statement one can come to a conclusion that she is lying. There are three kinds of lies.
    01.Immediately after it is said, it proves that is a lie.
    02.After the lapse of short period of time, it proves that is a lie.
    03. Once lied it will never comes into light.

    So lady minister under which category your lies fall?

    Over to you lady minister.

    Jan Chandra Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:29 AM

    Let this be an example to bring in some form of training to our politicians. The Minister may have wanted to assist the workers. But she should have got the facts right first before intervention. I agree politicians should not interfere with the law or with the public service unless there is proven evidence of vindictive and corrupt behavior. In such cases politicians should use the existing processes of investigations

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