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Shafi Case: Acting IG wants K’gala DIG and SSP transferred

The National Police Commission (NPC) has received a request from the Acting Inspector General of Police to transfer the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Kurunegala and the head of the Police Division as they are a hindrance to the on-going investigation in the Shafi case, the NPC told RepublicNext.

The Acting Secretary to the NPC Nishantha Weerasinghe confirmed to RepublicNext that Actg IGP Chandana Wickremeratne has asked for the transfer of DIG Kithsiri Jayalath and SSP Mahinda Dissanayake.

“The Acting IGP has expressed his opinion on the matter and the Commission will discuss the issue and rule on it on Thursday,” Weerasinghe said.

He also confirmed that the two senior officers are under an internal investigation for the role they have played in the controversial case where Dr. Shafi Siyabdeen is being accused by several hundred women that he rendered them infertile without their consent while performing cesarean sections.

The CID after exhaustive investigations have reported to court that they have no evidence against Dr. Shafi. He is currently enlarged on bail.

The Shafi case has revealed a complex web of relationships that may have affected the investigation.

DIG Jayalath’s wife is also a doctor working at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital where Shafi has worked for many years and serves as a Senior House Officer in the Obstetrics and Gynecology.

It was also revealed that the wife of Magistrate Sampath Hewawasam, before whom the case is being heard, is also a doctor in the same hospital.

The CID has complained to the Judicial Services Commission against Hewawasam for his conduct.

The case was started because of a report in the Divaina newspaper that in part said that a Muslin doctor in the Kurunegala hospital had forcibly sterilized thousands of Sinhala Buddhist women.

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The CID later reported to court that the reporters who wrote the story had been given the information by DIG Jayalath and his wife.

The CID has also got a court order to investigate the Director of the Hospital Sarath Weerabandara for alleged obstruction under Section 183 of the Penal Code.

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