Public servants did not have the freedom to work independently and with dignity when Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power and Officers-in-charge (OICs) were frightened even to summon Pradeshiya Sabha members, UNP Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman said.
Addressing a press conference held at Temple Trees today (22), the MP said that the present Government proved the contrary and pointed out that taking a UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member to police custody for obstructing the duties of police officers is an instance where the police showed its independence under the present Government.
“During Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, the police officers even feared to summon Pradeshiya Sabha members to the police. We were living in such an era but now it is different. Today, be it a UNP member or a Minister, the law will be imposed regardless of the position. It can be politically disadvantageous for us but we have made the civil service independent and the police free of political influence,” the MP said.
Commenting further, Rahman said that the previous Government did not let the police enforce the law when MP Wimal Weerawansa protested against UN in Sri Lanka back in the day.
“Whoever become the rulers their responsibility is to stop political interference and strengthen public service. The best example for political interference during Rajapaksa regime that when Wimal Weerawansa protested in front of UN, the police tried to stop it, but Weerawansa called former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and he ordered the DIG to move from the place,” the MP added.