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National Police Commission clarifies:

Speaker did not try to get police officers transferred

The National Police Commission has dismissed as false certain media reports that the Speaker had summoned members of the Commission and influenced them to transfer police officers handling certain high-profile investigations.

The Commission in a media statement issued on December 31 said certain media reports had said that the Speaker had summoned members of the National Police Commission on Friday, December 27, and influenced them to transfer police officers handling investigations into several high-profile cases.

The statement signed by Commission Secretary N.A. Weerasinghe said such reports were false and baseless. The Speaker had never summoned any officers of the Commission on the said date or any other date and the Speaker had never influenced or tried to prevail upon the Commission at any time.

The statement said the National Police Commission had held its own meeting throughout the day on December 27.

The statement further said the Deputy Speaker had notified the Commission by letter that the manner in which former Minister Champika Ranawaka was arrested recently was contrary to Parliamentary tradition. Apart from this, the Speaker had never tried to influence the National Police Commission at any time regarding the appointment, transfer or promotion of police officers.

Since publication of news based on false information would damage the image of the National Police Commission, it issued this statement to protect and safeguard its independence, the Commission statement said.


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