The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has undermined his role and his immense responsibility to protect the peace of the country and has become a joke, President Maithripala Sirisena stated yesterday (2). The President made this statement at the Cabinet meeting.
Expressing his disagreement with the actions of the IGP, the President has further directed the attention of the Cabinet towards this matter as he has stated that if the IGP’s actions were to continue in such a way, action should be taken against him.
It was reported that the President has stated that the IGP’s behaviour belittles the country as well as its leaders. Furthermore, the President has stated that he himself has been criticized due to this issue.
The President has also stated that he will take stern action in this connection, if the IGP does not stop his erratic behaviour.
It is of special note that the President has stated this in his first meeting with the Cabinet of Ministers after his arrival from attending the United Nations Summit.
During this instance, the Minister of Public Administration and Management and Law and Order, Ranjith Maddumabandara has stated that a comprehensive investigation will be launched into the IGP’s actions.
However, it was reported that several Sri Lanka Freedom Party Ministers have stated that the IGP would not put a stop to his unusual behaviour, even if an investigation is to be conducted.
It was also noted that the ministers of the United National Party had not expressed any opinion against the IGP.