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IGP’s conduct in relation to Easter Sunday terror attacks:

Govt. willing to appoint Parliamentary Committee if Opposition in favour - Kiriella

If the Opposition agrees, the government is willing to appoint a Parliamentary Committee to examine the conduct of the Inspector General of Police in relation to the Easter Sunday terror attack, Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said.

He made this observation in reply to a question posed by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena when he opened the third day of the Adjournment Debate on the prevailing situation of the country following the Easter Sunday carnage.

Dinesh Gunawardena held the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is responsible for the Defence Minister not having powers to remove the Inspector General of Police. Gunawardena also urged the House to bring in a proposal to remove the IGP.

“We are facing a very serious situation but the Defence Minister cannot remove the IGP. We have criticized both the Defence Secretary and the IGP to be responsible for this situation. Now, the Defence Secretary has already been removed. But according to the 19th Amendment, the IGP cannot be removed by the Defence Minister. This is a serious gap. So, if there is a problem on the removal of the IGP, a proposal should be brought to the House. That is the best way to put an end to the uncertainty that is lingering in the minds of the people.” Gunawardena said.

In response, Minister Kiriella informed the House that the inability to remove the IGP is not a matter of the 19th Amendment but the Removal of Public Officers Act.

“According to this Act, if we want to remove the IGP, we must first appoint a Parliamentary Committee to examine the conduct of the IGP, come to a conclusion that he is accountable and then bring in a proposal to Parliament requesting to remove him. We cannot just bring in a proposal. If the Opposition MPs are in favour of such a committee, the government is prepared to appoint one.”

 

 


 

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