Police Commission criticized over Shani transfer
Civil Society activists and Opposition Members of Parliament are criticizing the National Police Commission (NPC) for transferring SSP Shani Abeysekara from his post as Director Criminal Investigation to that of a Personal Assistant to a DIG.
In a letter to the Chairman of the NPC, K W T Karaliyadde, the Sri Lanka Young Journalists Association asked the question whether the Commission has lost its independence as in the post-election period it has “hastily carried out the transfer of this senior officer.”
The letter says that the Association is “compelled to believe” that this officer who is investigating crimes allegedly committed when the current rulers were in power in their earlier term “within a week of their returning to power as deeply suspicious.”
It went on to say that despite other officers being recommended for the post the NPC chose to appoint Abeysekara two years ago to this position. “We believe that the NPC has taken a political decision in this regard,” it added.
Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator for the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said that the decision by the NPC “is unbelievable. Transferring a highly regarded senior officer to a post of a Personal Assistant is a demotion and not acceptable,” he told RepublicNext.
“This also causes us to question the independence of the Commission,” he added.
Former Minister Ajith P Perera in a Twitter message said that punishing the best investigative officer in the country will discourage other officers in the police force.
He called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to explain why this decision was taken, immediately after the electoral victory. He appealed to the President to correct this mistake.
“No having Abeysekara will only encourage murderers and other criminals,” he said in a video message,