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Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he would never agree to the granting of police powers to provincial councils in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. He said that he had arrived at this decision after having considered the dangers and the challenges it would pose to the security services.

The defence secretary was clarifying the position that had emerged after reports indicated that the NCP elections were to be held in keeping with the 13th Amendment.

He said that he could only advise the government on matters concerning security as an officer and that the government would decide whether to implement them or not.

At present no provincial council exercises police powers, and if they were to be granted such powers in future, such a measure could pose a serious threat to national security and he foresaw a dangerous situation, he said.

If the councils were vested with police powers, a serious situation would arise with regard to the maintenance of law and order, and he feared that even the CID would become ineffective, he said.

The defence secretary said he believed the Cabinet of ministers would consider this matter in its entirety before the proposed elections to the Northern Provincial Council took place. (Ranjith Ananda Jayasinghe)

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  • Real Peace Friday, 24 May 2013 08:30 AM

    A provincial police would have investigated Matale mass murder buriel site better....???

    lip Saturday, 25 May 2013 03:28 PM

    police power to province mean police power to local tugs, stpid racist and kassippu mudalali. i will live under national level tugs than local ones.

    Chandra Saturday, 25 May 2013 02:57 AM

    Useless responding to your views if the comments are rejected.

    sri lankan Friday, 24 May 2013 06:05 PM

    SINCE HIS BROTHER IS A PRESIDENT, HE CAN TALK ALL NONSENSE.

    Arthy Friday, 24 May 2013 05:51 PM

    Tamils need more than 13th Amendment, the life they sacrifices
    through out history of Sri Lanka. not for nothing.

    citizen Friday, 24 May 2013 04:59 PM

    who is president of this country

    dias Friday, 24 May 2013 11:24 AM

    Abolish PCs all together. Finish . wastage of money.

    sri Friday, 24 May 2013 11:02 AM

    What about the dangers to the people? That is what matters most re policing. It is in the constitution!

    meenavan Friday, 24 May 2013 09:46 AM

    Oppose police power to PCs, admit undeclared police power of BBS..........

    Kith udugamamakith Friday, 24 May 2013 09:44 AM

    First Yehiya ,you go to Pakistan ,Throw some bombs and come back

    Kith udugamamakith Friday, 24 May 2013 09:31 AM

    No land powers, No police powers.

    You can get enough and more of human waste if needed.

    namal999 Friday, 24 May 2013 08:43 AM

    the supreme court has already said the 13th amendment is against the constitution and sovereignty of SL

    pradeep Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:00 PM

    true

    John Kerry Friday, 24 May 2013 06:40 AM

    Yes Power to Salute a Suspected Criminal Like Duminda Silva................So what power

    Yehiya Friday, 24 May 2013 06:23 AM

    First he must learn the code & conduct of administrative service.

    RAJU Friday, 24 May 2013 04:35 AM

    HA HA , FROG IN THE WELL.

    canada kumar Friday, 24 May 2013 04:09 AM

    Srilankan Police have no powers in whole SRILANKA, so why to worry about north and east

    Dilhan Friday, 24 May 2013 03:41 AM

    No need to give the Police or Land powers it just cause needless problem in the country again.

    Ralph Friday, 24 May 2013 03:21 AM

    At least the Police in the provinces would be more independent and fair to the general public.

    Yuri Friday, 24 May 2013 03:00 AM

    Yeah, you right, in Rest of the Island there is police but No Power. LOL

    Chewing Gum Friday, 24 May 2013 02:17 AM

    Take care, US to continue using drones.

    Nodrog Friday, 24 May 2013 01:40 AM

    He talks and acts like the defense minister NOT secretary

    Api Wenuwen Api Friday, 24 May 2013 01:36 AM

    These powers are already in constitution. Any one opposing is a violation of the the constitution. specially foreigner and public servant cannot act in this manner.

    Dr.so and so Friday, 24 May 2013 12:22 AM

    May you long live mr.defence secretary.


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