Dilrukshi Dias files writ petition calling for reinstatement as Solicitor General | Daily News

Dilrukshi Dias files writ petition calling for reinstatement as Solicitor General

Former Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe PC has filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order directing the Public Service Commission (PSC) to forthwith reinstate the petitioner in service, as Solicitor General in the Attorney General’s Department, with back wages.

The PSC had interdicted then Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe, from functioning in her post (Solicitor General), the second most senior post in the Attorney General’s Department following the controversial telephone conversation between Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe and Avant Garde floating armoury company Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi, an accused in the Avant Garde case. In her petition, Wickremasinghe is also seeking an order directing the Public Service Commission to expeditiously conclude the preliminary investigation into the conduct of the petitioner.

The Petitioner states that the she was interdicted without holding even a preliminary investigation completely relying on a purported edited and misleading audio clip. President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appearing for the petitioner submitted to the Court that in accordance with principles and procedures established by law, the preliminary investigation has to be concluded within a period of two months following her interdiction. Jayawardena alleged in this case the preliminary investigations are still undergoing with a delay for a period of over a year and four months. He further submitted to the Court that this unnecessary delay on the part of PSC has caused serious prejudice to his client since she is due to retire in July this year.

After being satisfied with the submission made by the Counsel for the petitioner, the Court of Appeal yesterday decided to issue notices on the Public Service Commission and Attorney General returnable for March 9.

The petitioner Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe has held several posts in her legal career including the position of Director General of the Bribery Commission.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena with counsel Prashanthi Mahindarathna, Dilumi de Alwis, Rukshan Senadheera and Gimhani Attanayake appeared for the Petitioner.