Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2428

The Constitutional Council picked P. S. B. Pujith Jayasundara as the 34th Inspector General of Police (IGP)

Colombo, 19 April, (Asiantribune.com):

The Constitutional Council yesterday picked Western Province Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police P. S. B. Pujith Jayasundara as the 34th Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The post of IGP fell vacant with the retirement of N.K. Illangakoon on April 11.

The three names proposed by the President are Acting IGP S. M. Wickramasinghe, Senior Deputy Inspectors General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and Chandana Wickramaratne, for selection of one candidate for approval and endorsement in line with the Constitution.
.

Yesterday, letters were sent to all three nominees asking them to appear before the Council meeting. The three nominees were interviewed by the Council members before the final decision.

The Constitutional Council met yesterday at the Parliamentary complex at 3.00 p.m. to decide on the appointment of the country's 34th IGP.

Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara was reported to be the forerunner among the contenders for the post of IGP.

All 10 Council members have been informed of yesterday’s meeting. The 10 members include three ex-officio members, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapakshe and John Seneviratne, JVP MP Vijitha Herath representing the minor parties and Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy and Justice Shibly Aziz representing civil society.

Sources said Coomaraswamy and Azis had not been present at yesterday’s meeting and the majority of the CC members had favoured Jayasundara.

Once a final agreement on the appointment is reached, the Constitutional Council will inform its decision to the President in writing.

Constitution council consists of ten members: Ex-officio members are the speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the leader of the opposition R. Sampanthan. Nominated members are Champika Ranawaka, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, John Seneviratne, Vijitha Herath, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy and retired AG Shibly Aziz, PC.

Sources said Coomaraswamy and Azis had not been present at yesterday’s meeting and the majority of the CC members had favoured Jayasundara.

In the meantime Joint Opposition (JO) MP Dinesh Gunawardene objected to the participation of Minister Patali Ranawaka who was a member of the Constitutional Council .

Joint Opposition (JO) MP Dinesh Gunawardene told that they raised their voice in Parliament against the decision taken to appoint the new IGP as Minister Patali Ranawaka was a member of the Constitutional Council notwithstanding the opposition to it by the JO.

The MP stated that the JO had specifically written to both the President and the Speaker requesting them not to allow Ranawaka to be a part of the group selecting the new IGP as there was a Court case pending against him and that it could set a bad precedent.

MP Dinesh Gunawardene also stated that he had specifically spoken to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya not to allow the Minister concerned to be involved in choosing the new IGP, but lamented that the pleas of JO had fallen on deaf ears.

- Asian Tribune -

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police P. S. B. Pujith Jayasundara -  34th Inspector General of Police (IGP)?
diconary view
Share this


.