(Lanka-e-News - 27.Aug.2017, 5.30PM) IGP Poojitha Jayasundara who threatened and assaulted the lift operator within the police headquarters , which was exposed by Lanka e news supported by a video footage is a very grave offence according to a former IGP who spoke to Lanka e news. The present IGP is therefore not only liable under the ‘Convention against Torture’ but also under sections 343 and 344 of the Penal code , he added.
Section 343 …
Whoever assaults or uses criminal force on any person otherwise than on grave and sudden provocation caused by that person shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both
Section 344 …
If a public servant when in the lawful execution of the duties is deterred from by use of criminal force, or if such attempts are made, and as a result of which the public servant is harassed or is assaulted , whoever caused that is liable to a sentence of a maximum period of two years in jail or a fine or both .
Based on the above , the present IGP has violated both sections of the penal code , according to the former IGP . That is , Poojitha Jayasundara as the head of that department has obstructed the lift operator who is a public servant in the execution of his duties without valid grounds.
Hence under section 344 of the penal code if Poojitha is arrested and produced in court , since the magistrate has no powers to grant bail in such an offence , Poojitha necessarily will have to be remanded in which case Poojitha will have to be enlarged on bail only by the high court ,the former IGP clearly pointed out.
The former IGP also went on to comment that he deeply regrets the misbehavior of Poojitha , which is definitely not in conformity with the rank of the IGP , and is most inhuman , he added.
‘What will happen if an IGP instead of conducting himself like a father to the staff becomes adevil ? Now, it is a long time since this incident occurred. It is also a long time ago the complaint was made to the president of the Constitutional council. In other words government’s political leaders have been suppressing this incident. That reflects poorly on a government which calls itself good governance . The world is watching . If Poojitha despite being an IGP if he behaves like a murdererand kills somebody , aren’t laws going to be enforced against him?
The last government towards the end also faced charges based on lawlessness , and not upholding the rule of law. Owing to the misconduct of the present IGP the present government too can be similarly accused. When that happens it will be a stigma to the government and the country as a whole’ the former IGP pinpointed with concern.
by (2017-08-27 11:59:26)
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