CID ordered to submit a report on Inspector Nishantha Silva’s unauthorized departure

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Police Headquarters has informed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to submit a report on the unauthorized departure of Chief Inspector Adrian Nishantha Silva.

It has been confirmed that the Officer-In-Charge of the Organized Crimes Investigation Division of CID Inspector Nishantha Silva, who conducted investigations into a series of high profile crimes, has left the country yesterday with his family for Geneva.

The Police Headquarters has ordered the CID to conduct an immediate investigation into the senior officer’s departure without prior approval of the Police and submit a report.

The approval of the Secretary to the Ministry is compulsory for a police officer to go abroad on duty or on personal matters.

Police Headquarters also announced that disciplinary action will be taken against this illegal act.

Police Media Spokesperson said Inspector Silva had gone abroad when there is no investigation or disciplinary action initiated against the officer.

Former Director of the CID, SSP Shani Abeysekara and Inspector Nishantha de Silva investigated several controversial high profile crimes committed during the previous Rajapaksa government. The senior officers are accused of unilaterally conducting these investigations on political purposes.

It is claimed that there have been accusations from various parties against Inspector Silva that investigations conducted by him over the last four years have been biased and unjust. The officer has gone abroad without prior approval at a time that these are requesting impartial investigations into these cases.

The Police Headquarters has informed the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today (25) to launch an immediate investigation into the matter since the OIC of a special unit of the CID who had been in charge of several special investigations, leaving the country without any permission is a serious issue.

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