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IGP contests compulsory leave: SC re-defers FR until July 31

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IGP Pujith Jayasundara leaving court after yesterday’s proceedings. 
Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana   

 

By S.S. Selvanayagam 

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday re-deferred for July 31 the supporting for granting of leave to proceed in respect of the fundamental rights violation petition filed by IGP Pujith Jayasundara against sending him on compulsory leave. 


The bench comprised Justices Prasanna S. Jayawardena, Lalith Dehideniya and S. Thurairaja. 


The petitioner cited the Attorney General (AG), Senior DIG C.D. Wickramaratne, members of the Constitutional Council (CC), SIS Director DIG Nilantha Jayawardena, chief of national intelligence A.N. Sisira Mendis and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando as respondents. 


Counsel Viran Corea with Niran Anketel and Dishinka Nelson instructed by Vithana Pathirana appeared for the petitioner while Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni de Silva with Senior State Counsel Dr. Avanti Perera appeared for the AG, the Acting IGP and on behalf of the President. Counsel Anuja Premaratne appeared for former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando. 


The petitioner is seeking a declaration that the actions of the President and/or CC members have infringed his fundamental rights equality and equal protection of law guaranteed under Article 12(1). 


He seeks another declaration that the actions of the President and/or the 3A to 3J respondents have infringed the fundamental rights of the petitioner guaranteed under Article 14(1)(g). 
He is asking a declaration that the operation of the letter dated April 29, 2019 and consequential steps constitute infringement of his fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 12(1) and/or Article 14(1)(g) of the Constitution.  


Another declaration he is asking is that actions of the President and/or CC members to exclude him from office without recourse to the proper procedure and/or steps to remove him from office without due recourse to the provisions of the Removal of Officers (Procedure) Act No. 05 of 2002 constitute infringement of his fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 12(1)and/or Article 14(1)(g). 


He is seeking the court to set aside the decision of the President to send him on compulsory leave. He is also seeking an order to set aside the appointment and confirmation by the President and/or CC members of the second respondent C.D. Wickramaratne as the Acting IGP.    


He is pleading for interim orders suspending the decision of the President to send him on compulsory leave and order suspending the appointment and/or confirmation by the President and/or the 3A to 3J respondents of the second respondent as the Acting Inspector General of Police until the hearing and final determination of this application.  


He is pleading for an interim order preventing steps taken by the President to remove him from the office of Inspector General of Police until the hearing and final determination of this application. 

 

 

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