Punishment transfer for the 23 police officers: PM

Sri Lanka Parliament

The 23 police officers, who raided the Casino at the Salaka building, were transferred on the basis that they were not carrying out their duties in a satisfactory manner and not on the basis of any influence, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne informed Parliament today.

Responding to a question asked by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Prime Minister said their transfer was in no way connected to the raid on the casino because the decision to transfer them had been taken long before the raid.

He said the transfers were approved by the IGP on October 20, 2013 but effective from November 4, 2013.

The PM said the transfers would not be cancelled.

Referring to an allegation made by Mr. Dissanayake that a person named Hula was the one who was behind these transfers resulting from the raid, the PM said there was no trace of any such person.

He informed Parliament that the police had raided this Casino on four previous occasions.

(Courtesy: DM Online)