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Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in a letter addressed to President Ranil Wickremesinghe informed him not to consider appointing Senior DIGs Nilatha Jayawardene and Deshabandu Tennekoon as IGP.

"The final report of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into the bomb attacks on Easter Sunday has clearly set out that Senior DIG Tennekoon had merely conducted himself as a messenger and had failed to discharge his duties in the given circumstances, considering the relevant information that had been received by him with regard to the threat of the attacks. Upon receiving crucial information of the threat of imminent attacks, it has been reported that he had not taken any extra steps and had failed to call for any reports pertaining to such information from junior officers. The commission had already recommended action against him," the Cardinal said in his letter.

"Moreover SDIG Tennekoon has been the officer who had spearheaded the police investigations into the incident where a hand grenade was discovered at All Saints Church on January 11 2022. Wt this instance police had proceeded to arbitrarily and baselessly arrest workers of the church even prior to viewing the CCTV footage," he added.

"The report of the Presidential Commission has said it is SDIG Nilantha Jayawardene who is most responsible for the inaction that resulted in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks," he also said. (Yohan Perera)


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  • DJ Sunday, 02 July 2023 08:12 PM

    Cardinal, stick to God and not into politics.

    Bernard Jayatilake Sunday, 02 July 2023 08:17 PM

    Would a person who claims to be a great democrat but acts otherwise and above the judiciary even without respecting judgements of the Supreme Court, listen to a religious dignitary when he has already made a decision disregarding the merits or demerits?

    Ram Monday, 03 July 2023 02:41 AM

    Cardinal has a valid point and we all agree that both candidates are unsuitable. The who country will agree but politicians will not agree. I won't be surprised if RW appoints one of them as our IG.

    Dulanjoli Premadosa Monday, 03 July 2023 03:45 AM

    Cardinal should become the JVP leader, he would do much better job.

    Kab Monday, 03 July 2023 04:19 AM

    This man is meddling with everything.

    Gobbaya Monday, 03 July 2023 04:22 AM

    This guy is crazy. Misusing his position.

    Neil Monday, 03 July 2023 07:21 AM

    crossing the line. Next time he would say who should be the PM

    Simon Monday, 03 July 2023 07:29 AM

    They have political patronage and have escaped being charged so far. Do not expect anything from Ranil as he has to have a stooge in place.

    Shiran Monday, 03 July 2023 07:36 AM

    Trust and believe only in one true God. Never expect justice from local political PACHAMAMAS.

    Jude Monday, 03 July 2023 09:34 AM

    Most senior officers are corrupted, May be appoint someone from the diocese yeah.

    Terrence K Monday, 03 July 2023 09:59 AM

    Irrespective of what Religion a person belongs to we should always appreciate Good Advice since in the recent past the Cardinal has always been transparent and never minced his words. Whether one takes his advice or not it is left to the President. But if not always officials with a bad history have a tendency in aggravating chaos in this country as we see from the present scenario of this country which has resulted in an exponenetial increase in Crime and an economic failure. So follow that maxim "Prevention is better than Cure"

    Crooked Leader Monday, 03 July 2023 01:01 PM

    Desabindu may be Ranil's choice, even if the 22 million in SL are against ?

    Tom Monday, 03 July 2023 01:11 PM

    President Malcolm Ranjith

    Ven. Koswatte Amaratissa Thero Monday, 03 July 2023 01:35 PM

    Must listen to Cardinal, otherwise, something worse will happen to Ranil. This is a very important issue.

    annecunt Monday, 03 July 2023 02:37 PM

    WE REQUEST YOU TO BE THE PRESIDENT OR P.M OF SRI-LANKA YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB AND NOT STEAL MONEY FROM THE TREASURY

    Citizen k Monday, 03 July 2023 03:57 PM

    He is going not looking for justice for his flock affected by the bomb blast.A hallmark of a good leader unlike most, only looking to consolidate their political powers.

    Bernard Jayatilake Monday, 03 July 2023 04:33 PM

    If not these two, the other only alternative left to the incumbent ruler is to appoint the former ruler as the next IGP as the trio is implicated for the Easter Sunday massacre and there is no other choice.

    Mahila Tuesday, 04 July 2023 06:52 AM

    Appoint Maithripala, the ex Grama Niladhari!!! He will complete CIRCUS!!!???

    Buddhist Monday, 03 July 2023 07:05 PM

    If one of these two is appointed the Cardinal should bring the entire SL population onto the roads.

    dana Wednesday, 05 July 2023 06:44 AM

    Irrelevant to religion, almost all public of SriLanka believe what reverent cardinal suggesting is proper and acceptable for most,but they are voiceless,few unscrupulous fellows, are very critical of your voice because their hideous operations cannot continue due to your objections ,wish you good health to serve countrymen irrespectively their religion as you do now


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