IGP’s assurance to minister not to arrest Nilame or Neelam
President Maithripala Sirisena informed Parliament yesterday that he would call for explanation from IGP Pujith Jayasundara over the latter’s recent remarks on taking persons into custody by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division during a police commemorative event at Ratnapura.
Soon after President Sirisena completed his speech during the third reading debate on Budget 2017 under the expenditure heads of National Dialogue, National Integration and Reconciliation and Disaster Management Ministries, Joint Opposition MP Wimalaweera Dissanayake demanded to know from the government how the IGP assured that there would be no arrests of a particular person by the FCID even before the investigations.
“We saw on TV the previous night how the IGP was bending the law again. This time he tells a minister over the phone that the FCID would not arrest a particular Nilame (other opposition MPs shout Neelam, Neelam, not Nilame). I would like to know whether the IGP was referring to the Basnayake Nilame of the Devinuwara Devale Mahesh Gunasekera.”
The President responding on behalf of the government said: “I too watched that visual on TV. What he did was completely wrong. I intend to summon him and ask for an explanation.”
The Opposition MPs thanked the President profusely for the quick response and thumped their desks in approval.
(Source: The Island – By Saman Indrajith)
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The President should call for the resignation of the UNP Minister who is not following the democratic processes set up by the Big Green Elephant Boss.
Both Minister who call and the IGP should sacked.
Demonstrate proper good governance procedures.
The Politicians and Public Officers are yet to comprehend that we are now in the age of the common man’s communications.
There’s Twitter, Snapchat, Viber, Email and almost the entire population carry a mobile phone with video capability.
Transgressions can be captured bu the most innocent of citizens and transmitted countrywide instantaneously without the assistance of formal media using Twitter and Snapchat. Having Media Ministers and powerful, all-controlling Media Ministry Secretaries and Bureaucrats do not work in the current age of communications.
Revolutions against dictators such as Gadafi, Hosni Mubarak and others were conducted not with guns and stones but with electronic media.
Politicians and bureaucrats should learn that their actions are under the watchful eyes of the citizens, 24X7.