NALAKA PLACED ON COMPULSORY LEAVE | Daily News
Terrorism Investigation Division DIG:

NALAKA PLACED ON COMPULSORY LEAVE

The Law and Order Ministry has recommended to the Police Commission to send DIG Nalaka de Silva on compulsory leave with immediate effect.

This is to facilitate unhindered investigations pertaining to the alleged conspiracy to assassinate the President and the former Defence Secretary.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara’s office said the Law and Order Ministry had issued the directive and it was the responsibility of the Police Commission to implement the directive with immediate effect.

IGP Pujitha Jayasundara had transferred DIG de Silva to the Police IT division effective September 17.

During a press briefing convened in Kandy last week, Namal Kumara of the Dushana Virodi Balakaya had revealed details of a plot that DIG of the Terrorism Investigation Division Nalaka de Silva had notified him, to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa through Makandure Madush who is currently evading arrest.

Investigations regarding this revelation was initially handed over to Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) but was later handed over to the CID.

Political parties and civil society organisations had pointed out that investigations would not be carried impartially and without interference as long as the DIG concerned was in active service.

The Law and Order Ministry has recommended that he be sent on compulsory leave with immediate effect, until investigations are concluded, to ensure an unhindered and impartial investigation. It was also reported that the IGP had ignored a written intimation by the CID to take immediate disciplinary action against the Director of the TID, DIG Nalaka de Silva over a conspiracy to harm the life of the President and the former Defence Secretary.

The accused is said to have intimidated CID investigators conducting the probe. The CID had requested IGP Pujitha Jayasundara to either send de Silva on compulsory leave or suspend him, until investigations are concluded.

The Law and Order Ministry noted that once the investigations are concluded, a decision on the course of action to be taken would be initiated.

 

 


 

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