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Dr Shafi not reinstated-Pubic Service Commission

The Public Service Commission states that no final decision has been made with regard to the request made by Dr Shafi Shihabdeen to be reinstated.

In a statement, the Secretary of Public Service Commission D.A.B. Daya Senarath said that Dr Shafi has submitted a request asking to be reinstated as the Senior House officer Obstetrics and Gynaecology through the Secretary of Health Ministry to the Health Service Committee in the Commission saying that he is been released on bail.

Further, in the statement, Secretary Senarath said that the Health Service Committee of the commission has not yet received the report of the preliminary inquiry into the charges framed against Dr Shafi, which was conducted upon the request of Secretary of Health Ministry.

“I would like to inform that all the statements published through various media networks quite contrary to this matter are false and all such statements are hereby categorically denied,” he said.

He also said that there was no inquiry of whatsoever nature has been made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa or any other officer from the Presidential Secretariat on this matter from the Commission or the Health Service Committee under its purview.

Dr Shafi who was Senior House Officer of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital was arrested by the Kurunegala police on 25 May based on information received by the police regarding the alleged suspicious nature of the sources of his wealth.

He was later accused of allegedly sterilizing women while performing surgical operations on them according to a report published in Divaina Newspaper on 23 May.

However, Dr Shafi was granted bail by the Kurunegala Magistrate Courts on 25 July after Criminal Investigation Department informed the Courts that they could find any evidence to prove the accusation after interviewing more than 750 people.

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