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CC had no right to approve name of new IGP: Gammanpila

19 April 2016 03:57 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Taking exception to the decision of the Constitutional Council’s (CC) to grant approval to the appointment of Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara as the 34th Inspector General of Police (IGP), Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and MP Udaya Gammanpila claimed the appointment was both illegal and unethical.

Addressing a media briefing today, MP Gammanpila said the CC’s approval of Mr. Jayasundara as the IGP went against the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as President Maithripala Sirisena had recommended three senior Police officers to the post of IGP in the wake of the retirement of former IGP N.K. Illangakoon.

“According to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution the President should only recommend one name to the CC and its duty was to approve or disapprove the President’s recommendation. However, the CC has arbitrarily selected Mr. Jayasundara as the IGP from three nominees sent to it and referred his name to the President,” he added.

MP Gammanpila recalled the similarity between this appointment and the appointment of the present Attorney General in the wake of the retirement of former AG Yuwanjan Wijeyatilake where seniority was not considered.

Additionally, he said the participation of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka as a part of the CC which took the decision to appoint SDIG Jayasundara as the new IGP, was wrong as Minister Ranawaka was a suspect in four Police investigations despite the request made by them to refrain from his involvement in it.

“Mr. Jayasundara is carrying out investigations into the controversial accident that took place in Rajagiriya where Minister Ranawaka was an accused. Now he has received the blessings of Minister Ranawaka for the post of IGP and as a result he would be obligated to Minister Ranawaka, which sets a bad precedent,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)


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  Comments - 14

  • Roshan Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:17 PM

    He's off his head!

    karsha Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:21 PM

    Oh yes! You & the ex-Mr President have the right.

    Sharon Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:23 PM

    Thanks for speaking on behalf of us! This is the most unethical government ever. The country is in a crisis 'Yamapalaka's' are enjoying jambo cabinets & comfortable lives

    AA Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:27 PM

    This guy lives in a hypothetical world. "IGP obligated to Mr Ranawaka" - that is the era he belonged to.

    perera Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:41 PM

    This guy is the Charlie Chaplin of Sri Lanka...

    samitha Tuesday, 19 April 2016 05:07 PM

    Tell me who is having the Authority to Appoint IGP ?

    rew Tuesday, 19 April 2016 05:11 PM

    Mr "Know All" speaks again.

    Raj Tuesday, 19 April 2016 08:04 PM

    this guy is a waste of time,.

    Raji Tuesday, 19 April 2016 08:38 PM

    Heydays Gammanpila makes real sense when he speaks. Those who are affected by his meticulous arguements can only make statements like this

    Dinesh Senanayake Wednesday, 20 April 2016 04:42 AM

    This guy is talking nonsense. No constructive criticism but just witch hunting

    KJ Wednesday, 20 April 2016 05:14 AM

    Mr Gam.. pls let us know how you would have commented if this appointment was made by Hon. MR?

    Dayawathie Wednesday, 20 April 2016 04:10 PM

    Mr Gammanpila is making a very good point. People shouldn't laugh at him because this a very serious matter.

    Siribiris Wednesday, 20 April 2016 08:16 PM

    What is the meaning of adu masa putha?

    gampjh Wednesday, 20 April 2016 08:21 PM

    Pujith Jayasundara will catch you

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