Pujith Jayasundara sent on compulsory leave

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been sent on compulsory leave.

President Maithripala Sirisena had recently demanded the resignation of IGP Pujith Jayasundara after accusing him and the former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando of failing in their duties prior to the Easter Sunday bombings.

Hemasiri Fernando had later submitted his resignation but Jayasundara refused to step down.

As a result he was sent on compulsory leave by the President.

The IGP cannot be removed from office without first being found guilty through a comprehensive investigation by a 3-member committee, of some specified offence(s) [including ‘gross neglect of duty’] under the Removal of Officers (Procedure) Act No.5 of 2002, Legal experts and lawyers said. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. IGP is a Public Servant. He cannot be dismissed, without being found fault, after being heard by a duly appointed Dicipilanary Authoriy. All in the Police Force must learn a lesson from this., for
    alleged act of negligence or wilful default. Hemasiri is about 70 Years old and not attached to the permanent Government Cadre, but an Ex service men and a Businessman. Bothmen has lost their pride, which has been built during last 30 to 45 years respectively


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