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Sri Lanka`s Police Chief in Court, says does not have power to transfer Deshabandu Tennakoon


Sri Lanka`s Chief of Police C. D. Wickramaratne appeared at the Fort Magistrate`s Court on Wednesday (1) to explain why the transfer of Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Deshabandu Thennakoon was executed.

 In a report to the court, the Inspector General of Police said that he does not have the power to transfer a Senior DIG, and such action should be taken by the Public Services Commission.

He also told the court that the Attorney General’s directive to transfer Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Thennakoon, was directed to the Public Services Commission.

The Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Attorney General told the court that Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Thennakoon, had handed over his personal and official mobile devices to the Digital Forensics Division of the Criminal Investigations Department.

In a previous hearing, lawyers representing protesters in Colombo questioned why Deshabandu Tennakoon continues to serve as the Senior DIG of the Western Province.

 Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena informed Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage that ExMinister Johnston Fernando will be named as a suspect in connection to the attacks on peaceful protesters on May 9th.

 The Additional Solicitor General said the Criminal Investigations Department is consulting two psychiatrists on the ExMinister`s statement at Temple Trees before the unrest broke out.

 President`s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, appearing for the protestors, said that the main suspects did not present themselves in court.

 He claimed that it was the senior DIG in charge of Western Deshabandu Tenakhun who planned the violence on Black Monday.

“Even the president said he was called to stop the attack on the protesters at GotaGoGama. The president’s lawyer told reporters Wednesday that he had received orders from the president and police inspectors. He claimed that the senior DIG acted, ignoring it altogether.

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