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Divine push for Sri Lanka’s new police chief

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara has disclosed how he influenced the Constitutional Council and secured the highest position in the police – by holding "poojas’ for 35 consecutive days.

Jayasundara told a felicitation ceremony in Kandy on Wednesday that he sacrificed his constitutional morning exercise regime and instead paid homage at the Gangaramaya temple in Colombo.

As his predecessor was about to retire, Jayasundara said he considered getting into the boots of IGP N. K. Illangaoon and mapped out a sure-fire strategy for success.

"I recited Jaya Piritha thrice and the Atavisi Piritha thrice before going to the temple at 3.00 in the morning," Jayasundara said.

"I started with the Gangaramaya temple and completed the 35th consecutive pooja on the day the Constitutional Council decided on the post. This is the way that I have faced and got my success in my final mission."

He shared his secret with alumni from Dharmaraja College, Kandy. Earlier, traders of Kandy had put up banners and posters congratulating Jayasundara who had been working in the district.

Jayasundara was made the IGP by President Maithripala Sirisena after the Constitutional Council, through a majority vote, decided to make him the top cop, but the move has been challenged by civil society groups.

Two out of three members representing the civil society in the council were absent during the vote on April 18. One of the CC members spoilt his vote in disgust over what he later called a flawed procedure adopted by the CC.

The Council invited Jayasundara and two other contenders, the senior-most officer in the department S. M. Wickramasinghe and third-most senior Chandana Wickramaratne, but neither was allowed to present their case.

In his first press conference as IGP, Jayasundara suggested that he was politically victimised during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decade-long rule. (COLOMBO, May 5, 2016)





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