May 22, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has decided to file contempt of court charges against the police and a senior Deputy Inspector General of Police for the alleged assault on university students in police custody.
The BASL said it will stand for the rights of the university students who were assaulted while in police custody.
BASL President, Upul Jayasuriya told media that the police had wrongfully arrested a group of university students on an alleged court order and had assaulted them.
Instead of taking instructions from the law books and the judiciary, the police have taken the dictates of politicians, he said.
"The police must act according to the law and not according to what the politician dictate to them," Jayasuriya was quoted in local media as saying.