Sri Lanka’s FCID faces new crisis over Raviâ€™s re-employment
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Financial Crimes Investigating Division (FCID) faced a new crisis as Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara was yet to make a formal appointment to head the elite unit leaving it in limbo.
The senior Deputy Inspector-General Ravi Waidyalankara who retired in May was re-employed last month on contract basis for nine months, but he is yet to be formally appointed to his substantive post.
Since reporting to work on June 19, Waidyalankara’s appointment has not been formalised by Jayasundara who should implement the cabinet decision as well as the National Police Commission recommendation.
“Until there is a formal appointment by the IGP, he can’t be paid,” a senior officer said. “What is more important is that this raises the legality of his orders as head of FCID because he has not been given the job yet.”
Jayasundara had resisted granting an extension of Waidyalankara who reached the age of 60 in May, but the cabinet decided to let him retire and agreed to re-employ him on a contract. The police commission approved it, but formalities cannot be completed without IGP’s assent.
The police chief had told senior gazetted officers at a ceremony on Saturday that he will not recommend extensions to any officer beyond the age of 60 and hinted that he will resist political moves to override him.
Jayasundara had previously told the Police Commission that in Waidyalankara should not be given an extension because there were two pending investigations against him — one by the SIU or the Special Investigation Unit and the other by the Bribery Commission (CIABOC).
However, the Commission felt that it was unfair for the investigators to drag the cases against the FCID chief.
Waidyalankara was the head of the FCID from its inception. (COLOMBO, July 7, 2018)