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NPC Hands Tied, Cannot Act On IGP

by  Indika Sri Aravinda

The National Police Commission (NPC) will not act against IGP Pujith Jayasundara over a recent incident, as it is legally unable to.

NPC Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray said that the NPC can investigate and take action only on the Police service but not the IGP.

The NPC was responding to a question posed by The Sunday Leader on a recent incident where the IGP had verbally abused an employee at the Police headquarters.

The incident was reported in The Sunday Leader in April and now a video of the incident has gone public on social media.

Last week, at the post Cabinet press conference, the Police rejected the allegations raised against IGP Pujith Jayasundara.

Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that false information had been attached to the video accusing the IGP of assaulting the individual.

Gunasekara said that the IGP had questioned the lift operator and did not assault him or pull him by his shirt.

However text appearing with the video claimed the IGP had assaulted the lift operator and abused him using offensive language. The video also showed the IGP pushing the lift operator and raising his hand and threatening to slap him on the face.

The Police spokesman said the lift operator had not filed a complaint with the Police Commission or the Law and Order Ministry over the incident.

Gunasekara said that the advice of the Attorney General (AG) will be sought on the action to be taken with regards to the video.

As was reported in April, the person assaulted by the IGP was a civilian police employee by the name of Samarakoon Banda.

Former Commissioner of the Sri Lanka human rights commission, Doctor Prathibha Mahanama said that legal action can be taken against the IGP.

He said that there is ample evidence to file legal action on the IGP over the incident. Mahanama said that abuse, be it verbal or physical, is something which can be challenged in court.

He said there are provisions in the law to file action on the IGP against his actions.

Mahanama also said that the Sri Lanka human rights commission can investigate the incident even without a complaint being filed.

The former Commissioner said that the Ministry of Law and Order must make a statement on the matter and take action.

Mahanama also said that the incident must not be played down, especially at a time when the Police has been accused of being involved in torture. The former Commissioner also said that the NPC must also deal with the incident as the NPC is an independent commission even if there is no complaint.

“The NPC must give a report on the incident to Parliament,” he said.

He also noted that failure to act on the incident could see the issue being taken up at the human rights council in October.

3 Comments for “NPC Hands Tied, Cannot Act On IGP”

  1. jude lank

    This IGP,Pujitha J,is similar to Bull in a China shop.What an example of the Police Services in Sri Lanka.President,PM should take action before this falls on the Government.

  2. kudson

    he is OK compared to the crooked cops at the modara police station

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