The transfer of the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Shani Abeysekara, is being seen as politically motivated.
United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must immediately intervene and reverse the decision.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran said that the move is politically motivated.
“This is a politically motivated transfer. He was leading the investigations into a number of high profile cases of human rights abuses. Why is the acting IGP giving into such pressure? What is matter with the ‘independent’ NPC? And where’s the main opposition UNP?” asked Sumanthiran.
UNP Parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera said that the move will harm the image of the President as he just took office.
He said that the authorities must explain as to why Shani Abeysekara was transferred despite all the good work he had done.
The National Police Commission had approved the transfer on a request made by the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).
He has been assigned as the Personal Assistant to the Southern Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police.
Shani Abeysekara led CID investigations into the disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, the assault on journalist Upali Tennekoon, the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and the disappearance of 11 youth.
The Director of the Criminal Investigations Department came under fire after the CID arrested some military officers in connection to the high profile cases.
Abeysekara was also instrumental in clearing the name of Kurunegala Base Hospital doctor Shafi Shihabdeen.
The doctor was accused of illegal sterilisation of Sinhalese women but the CID had found that the doctor was framed and that there was no evidence to prove the allegations. (Colombo Gazette)