IGP is above the police commission?


The police commission appointed SSP Shani Abeysekara as new director of the CID, but IGP Pujith Jayasundara is still keeping Abeysekara’s predecessor DIG B.R.S.R. Nagahamulla in the CID without transferring him to another division, reports say.


Nagahamulla is unlikely to leave the CID, although it is said the new DIGs will be given appointments once their acclimatization course is over. Nagahamulla as well as Ravi Peiris, Janaka Gunatilake, Jagath Palihakkara, Chula de Silva, M.A.E. Mahendra, S.C. Galappatti and J.T. Priyalal were given this course for the past one week or so at public expense. They showed their acclimatization to the new ranking by attempting to throw a party for Supreme Court judges. Lanka News Web published a related article under the title ‘DIGs in trouble over party for judges.’

The IGP does what he wants, not what the commission recommends. Until now, a senior DIG was in charge of the CID and a SSP as its director, followed by a deputy director, OICs and investigating officers. The IGP has forced Nagahamulla into their midst in order to sabotage the new director’s activities after failing in his attempt to prevent Abeysekara’s appointment.

Jayasundara also curtailed the powers of the FCID by promoting its director to a DIG and giving him a transfer.

All these show that the incumbent IGP has not acclimatized to his position. He might not have had the opportunity to learn that due to the fact that the police had no officer superior to him. Now, what the police commission should do is to give an acclimatization course for Jayasundara.

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