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* IGP's Fundamental Rights petition to be heard on July 31
Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 01:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today fixed July 31 to consider a fundamental rights petition filed by IGP Pujith Jayasundara demanding the issuance of an interim injunction order on President's decision to send him on compulsory leave.

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, who has been sent on compulsory leave for failure to prevent the terror attacks despite prior warnings, has filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court against his suspension.

The Supreme Court has decided to consider the petition on the 31st of July as the legal issues regarding the petition need to be considered in a comprehensive and logical manner.

The Additional Solicitor General appearing on behalf of the Secretary to the President informed the Supreme Court that the President's Secretary had filed an affidavit against the petition.

In his petition, the IGP says he has not been invited to the National Security Council meeting since October 2018.

The IGP states that the decision to send him compulsory leave has violated his fundamental right of equal treatment stated in the Constitution.

The Speaker, members of the Constitutional Council, acting IGP, the Attorney General and several others have been cited as respondents in the petition.

Following the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, President Maithripala Sirisena on April 24 requested IGP Pujith Jayasundera and Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to resign due to their failure to prevent the terror attack that killed nearly 260 people despite with the intelligence information in their possession.

However, IGP Jayasundera refused to resign and he was suspended from the post.


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