Supreme Court allows to name former president as a respondent in IGP’s FR petition

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Supreme Court today granted permission to name former President Maithripala Sirisena personally as a respondent of the fundamental rights petition filed by suspended Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera against his removal from the post following the Easter Sunday attacks.

In his petition, Mr. Jayasundera says the state’s decision to send him on compulsory leave on the orders of the President following the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday last year, is contrary to the constitution and has violated his fundamental rights.

Mr. Jayasundera in his petition points out that the decision to suspend him was totally unconstitutional and the President had no authority to send him on compulsory leave as per the Police Ordinance and the existing law.

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

After considering the submissions of the petitioner and the Attorney General, the three-judge Supreme Court bench adjourned the hearing till May 26.

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