Police directs CID to probe IP Nishantha Silva’s departure

25 November 2019 12:35 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Police Headquarters today informed the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to launch an investigation into the departure of CID’s IP Nishantha Silva from the country without approval.

IP Silva, the OIC of the Organised Crimes Investigation Unit of the CID had left for Switzerland with his family on Sunday.

Police Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekera said it was a serious matter that an OIC of the CID’s Special Unit, who was in charge of several leading investigations had left the country without any approval.

“Moreover, IP Silva’s departure took place at a time where there were no investigations or any disciplinary action being held against him,” he said.

“If a police officer leaving overseas to attend official or personnel matter, it is compulsory to obtain approval from the Secretary of the Ministry. However, IP Silva had left the country without such approval,” he said.

SSP Gunasekera said IP Silva’s departure from the country was illegal and disciplinary action would be taken against him.

IP Silva was handling investigations into many major incidents including the murder of Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction and the assault of journalist Keith Noyahr.

IP Silva is known for heading investigations into at least 60 crimes committed by the LTTE, the rape and the murder of student Sivaloganathan Vidhya, the abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne’s alleged involvement in harbouring a suspect of the abduction incident and many more.

IP Silva left the country a few days after the transfer of former CID Director Shani Abeysekara. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 11

  • Anmanpan Monday, 25 November 2019 12:45 PM

    Ah! Do not waste time. He will be well settles in Switzerland and Sri Lanka will never see him. He knows the white van culture more than most of us and that is why he fled. Watch TV and see how Gota responded to his departure.

    Mokan Kosappu Monday, 25 November 2019 12:57 PM

    Agree fully

    Perera Monday, 25 November 2019 01:14 PM

    He didn't want to get white vanned for doing his duty...

    Borat Monday, 25 November 2019 01:17 PM

    Well said .

    Gamarala Monday, 25 November 2019 01:33 PM

    Wise man!

    Ram Monday, 25 November 2019 02:00 PM

    He investigated many matters that happened prior to 2016 January. He was investigating matters where Rajapaksa's names too surfaced. He has run away suspecting harassment as he love to live without trouble. Gen Senanayaka too left the country when he was retired without reason expecting trouble and returned after January 2015 and even became the Army Commander

    Mandayan Monday, 25 November 2019 02:04 PM

    Don’t pretend instead investigate, what threats was delivered to him. Might see more of these soon.

    Sokrates Monday, 25 November 2019 02:49 PM

    Soon even the last fools and racists will know what a criminal clan of killers, torturers and looters they have brought to power. The big lamentation will break out but then it's too late. It is a shame that respectable men have to leave the country again.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 25 November 2019 03:31 PM

    Witch hunting already started, instead of creating a conducive atmosphere for such valiant

    lord pakeer Monday, 25 November 2019 04:18 PM

    well known double agent of the LTTE diaspora!

    Todd H Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:04 PM

    He seems to be politically instigated officer, interested on cases which will negatively impact on Rajapksha regime,but he were failed to prove even a single one, which is the luck of present, if he succeeded, then floating votes would be UNP, he violated human rights of mothers who suffered by Dr, shaffi's case ,its up to new regime to expose how he cover-up that accusation

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