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* Speaker gives 14 days for Police Chief and NPC to iron out differences
Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 01:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 08, Colombo: The Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament has told the country's Police Chief and the National Police Commission (NPC) to resolve their differences in two weeks.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Chairman of the Constitutional Council summoned the chairman and all the members of the National Police Commission (NPC) and the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to the Council meeting held yesterday at parliament regarding the reported friction between the commission and the police chief.

The National Police Commission is empowered to engage in activities pertaining to transfers, promotions, maintaining of discipline and removal from service of all police officials other than the Inspector General of Police.

At the very beginning of the meeting, the Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya emphasized that the main purpose of establishing Independent Commissions through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is to ensure that the basic institutions closely serving the public are free from political influence.

At the Constitutional Council meeting yesterday, discussions were held at length on the reports presented by the independent commissions and the administrative issues that have arisen within each of them.

Broad attention has been paid, especially on the issues that have been risen between the National Police Commission and the IGP Pujith Jayasundara.

The Speaker informed both the National Police Commission and the Inspector General of Police to fully resolve all issues that have not been resolve within 14 days and inform the Constitutional Council.

At the Constitutional Council meeting held Friday, discussions were held on how the new members should be appointed for each independent commission that completes its term of office.


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