Government says it has not asked IGP to step down

The Government says it has not asked Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to step down.

Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters today that concerns had been raised by President Maithripala Sirisena about the Police at the cabinet meeting yesterday.

However he said there was no move by the Government to force the IGP to step down.

He said that the IGP can be removed only by the Constitutional Council and not the Government.

“He was appointed by the Constitutional Council so it is the Constitutional Council which has the authority to remove him,” he said.

The Constitutional Council is not operational as the term of its members has ended.

Senaratne said that new members will be appointed to the Constitutional Council soon. (Colombo Gazette)

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