By Rathindra Kuruwita
The National Police Commission (NPC) has removed its Secretary, N. Ariyadasa Cooray abruptly following a closed door meeting yesterday.
Cooray was employed under public administration circular 9/2007 which allowed him to work until the age of 67 but a new circular (Circular No 03/2018) introduced last month states that a retired Public Official over 60 should not be employed in the Public Service, NPC Chairman P. H. Manatunga said. The NPC will decide on who will replace Cooray, at the next Commission meeting on March 22
Speaking to The Island Cooray said that he had been informed that he was past the age of retirement.
Several NPC members expressed their dismay at the decision which might lead to their resignation.
The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) alleged that Cooray had been removed because he requested IGP Pujih Jayasundara for a report on the conduct of the Police during the recent communal clashes in Kandy.
“Cooray was removed to prevent the NPC from carrying out an independent investigation into the incident,” CHR Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said.
Tennakoon added that the police had not taken prompt action during the clashes and that CHR had lodged a complaint with the NPC calling for an investigation. “Cooray has also requested a report on the incident from the IGP. This displeased a lot of powerful people who don’t want the truth to come out.”