Dec 03, 2016

‘It was Sagala who called’- IGP

The IGP Pujith Jayasundara had confessed before President Sirisena that the phone call he received regarding the arrest of a person known as ‘Nilame’ was from Minister Sagala Ratnayake, a high ranking official from the President’s office told Sri Lanka Mirror.

This was in response to queries raised by the president with regard to a phone call received by the IGP on a public platform.

The IGP’s phone conversation regarding the arrest of ‘Nilame’was highlighted by the media recently which created an uproar.
However, the president admitted in parliament last Thursday that it was a wrongful act and vowed to look into the matter.

Was it the Minister or the Prime Minister?
Raising the issue in parliament again last Friday, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake pointed out that parliament had the right to know who the ‘Sir’ was who instructed the IGP to not arrest Dilshan Wickremeratne Gunasekera.

“The only ones that the IGP would call ‘Sir’ would have to be either the Minister or the Prime Minister,” he said.

Could also be the School Master
However, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said it was merely Dissanayake’s interpretation of the phone call.
“It could have been the IGP’s school master,” he quipped.

Anura Kumara said Dilshan Wickremeratne Gunasekera was the former Devinuwara Basnayake Nilame and a close relative of the Rajapaksa family. He was also the Chairman of the Mineral Sands Corporation and Working Director.

Sri Lanka Mirror made several attempts to contact the Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake to get his comment on the issue, but every effort proved futile.

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