The SIU has been instructed to immediately arrest FCID director P.D.K. Priyantha, say police sources. The reason cited is that the intentional delay in arresting Gamini Senarath, chief of staff of the former president.
The attorney general had ordered the FCID director that Senarath be arrested. Accordingly, he was ordered to be present at the FCID to give a statement, after which he was to be arrested. However, Senarath remained in hiding and filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Later, he gave himself up to courts, remanded and yesterday he was re-remanded by the Colombo Fort magistrate’s court until the 22nd.
IGP’s SIU complaint
The IGP knows that Senarath and two other suspects are in remand custody, but he is trying to score marks and stage a media hype. Two days ago, subject minister Sagala Ratnayake said in a statement that there was a mud-slinging campaign by social media that claims he had harboured Senarath. The IGP is trying to gain marks from the minister and show to the president and the prime minister that he is enforcing the law fully.
The incumbent is earning notoriety as the most undignified IGP in the 151 years of the police. All top officials of the department say he is playing his last act in his profession.The FCID has so far arrested prominent persons (such as Anura Senanayake, Vaas Gunawardena, Lalith Jayasinghe, Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Pillayan) when they had come to give statements.
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila filed a human rights case in the supreme court against SIU’s SSP Mevan Silva for having arrested him at his home. On that occasion too, the IGP tried to sacrifice Silva in order for his existence.
When will the IGP be arrested?
The CID, police commission or the constitutional council so far failed to take any action against the IGP for having assaulted the elevator operator at police headquarters Samarakoon Banda last April. The IGP portrays himself to be a person above those institutions, and even above the law. The CID should take action regarding that matter, as Banda was attached to that institution. It is unfortunate that its top officials are protecting the IGP. We ask the senior DIG of the CID to arrest the IGP and prove that everybody is equal before the law.