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“Ousted”IGP Pujitha Jayasundara Fights Back Against President Sirisena Sending Him On Compulsory Leave and Appointing an “Acting “IGP by Filing a Fundamental Rights Petition in the Supreme Court.


Shamindra Ferdinando

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has moved the Supreme Court against President Maithripala Sirisena for sending him on compulsory leave in the wake of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

Jayasundera, in a fundamental rights petition filed before the Supreme Court, yesterday, sought an interim order preventing the President from dismissing him from office.

President Sirisena, with the consent of the Constitutional Council appointed Senior DIG C.D. Wickremaratne as the Acting IGP after Jayasundera declined to quit following allegations he had failed to inform President Sirisena of Indian intelligence warning regarding the terror impending attack.

The Petition says that the order by the President to send Jayasundara on compulsory leave violated his fundamental rights. The petition called for the suspension of the order made by the President to send the IGP on compulsory leave.

The petitioner has named the Acting IGP, members of the Constitutional Council, the Prime Minister and the Attorney General as respondents.

Courtesy:The Island