President told me to appoint Mevan - IGP

IGP Pujitha Jayasundara has said that it was president Maithripala Sirisena who had instructed him to appoint SSP Mevan Silva to the CID director position that fell vacant following the promotion of B.R.S.R. Nagahamulla to the rank of DIG. He has said so with a group of top police officers.


However, he has refuted the claim published on social media and websites. The IGP has said that Mevan was a skilled officer and that he personally liked him. He said he had recommended Mevan’s name only to the police commission at the president’s request. He said it was unfair that he has to take the full responsibility before the public.

This was the reason why he had not attended the commission meeting last time, he said, adding that he had no need to appear on behalf of Mevan. The police commission will take a decision to its liking, he said.

The police commission is due to meet today to take (07) a decision if it will be Shani Abeysekara or Mevan Silva.

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