Ministry in the dark on removing IGP

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Ministry of Law and Order is unaware of the process to be followed to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Deputy Minister of Law and Order said.

When The Sunday Morning inquired as to what procedure should be followed, if there was a need to remove the IGP; the Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said he was unsure.
“The IGP is appointed by the President in accordance with the recommendations of the Constitutional Council. To remove him I suppose a No-Confidence motion could be brought in through the Parliament,” he said.

Even after inquiring from the Secretary to the Ministry, the Deputy Minister informed The Sunday Morning that the process was unclear.

The Inspector General of Police was marred with controversy over the past several weeks following various allegations levelled against him, including the involvement in a plot to assassinate the President and an allegation of accepting a bribe from a school principal prior to him becoming the IGP.

This week’s meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers saw President Maithripala Sirisena being openly critical of the IGP.

When questioned if the IGP should remain, the Deputy Minister responded that investigations must conclude to ascertain the veracity of these allegations.

“A majority of these allegations are regarding the IGP’s behaviour before the media. The allegations regarding accepting a bribe must first be probed to determine its truthfulness. These allegations must be proven before any action is taken. We must not rush to take action in such circumstances.”