Acting IGP appointed along with new CJ, AG and others
President Maithripala Sirisena made a slew of appointments today that will affect the security and law enforcement apparatus of the country as the vital investigation into the Easter Sunday suicide attacks continues.
Chief among these is the appointment of Senior Deputy Inspector General C. D. Wickramaratne as Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Letters of appointment were also presented to Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya as the new Chief Justice, Solicitor General Dappula De Livera as Acting Attorney General, and Additional Auditor General Chulantha Wickremarathne as Auditor General. Former IGP N. K. Ilangakoon has been appointed as an Advisor to the Ministry of Defence.
RepublicNext learns that IGP Pujith Jayasundera has been sent on Compulsory Leave pending the inquiry by a three man board into any security lapses that permitted extremists to stage one of the biggest ever attacks on civilians in the country’s history.
Senior DIG, Kandy Range, Wickremeratna who was appointed as acting IGP was security chief for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sirisena. He hails from Polonnaruwa and, according to sources, is seen as one of the President’s loyalists.
Wickremeratna is close to retirement age and usually officers at that stage are not appointed as Police Chief.
N. K. Ilangakoon the former IGP and member of the board inquiring into the security and intelligence lapse has been appointed an adviser to the Ministry of Defense.
Informed sources said the much-respected Ilangakoon had been offered the job of Secretary Defense earlier but had turned it down.