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* Parliamentary committee to set up an independent police commission in Sri Lanka
Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 11:29 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is considering the setting up of a parliamentary select committee (PSC) to study the need for an independent police commission in the country.

Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in its report has recommended setting up of an independent police commission.

Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the issue of the independent commission for the police would be taken up at a PSC.

The Minister has made this comment in response to the controversy surrounding the transfer of a Deputy Inspector General of Police from the Moneragala District allegedly due to pressure from a government minister.

Media reports have said that Minister Sumedha Jayasena had complained to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) about DIG M.R. Latheef in the Moneragala District and called for his transfer from the area.

"If anyone exerts pressure on the Police, demanding the release of people involved in illegal activities its wrong. No one can exert pressure on the law enforcement authorities and if they do so the country's law will apply," Rambukwella has said.

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