IGP has authority to suspend officers – Police Spokesman

Published : 8:15 am  June 7, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Darshana Sanjeewa  

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has the legal authority to suspend any police officer who was charged for criminal offences, without prior approval from the National Police Commission (NPC). 

Recent reports questioned the move of the IGP to suspend the duties of Ampara-Kalmunai Division Superintendent of Police (SP) Priyadarshana Herath due to the requirement of NPC’s approval with regard to the appointments, transfers and suspensions of officers above the rank of OICs.   The spokesman said the SP was suspended after an indictment was served against him under the Torture Act on May 22 at the Anuradhapura Magistrate’s Court, in connection with an incident in 2009, in which the SP had allegedly assaulted a suspect in remand custody. 

He said SP Herath was suspended in connection with another offence in 2017 and reinstated  by the NPC last month following an appeal.     

The spokesman said the Eastern Province Senior DIG had informed the IGP that the indictment has been served against SP Herath and on Saturday (June 2) the IGP has suspended the service of the SP under Covering Approval.   
“A letter has been sent to the NPC on Monday (June 4) informing the decision and SP Herath was suspended according to the legal procedure,” he said.