Colombo Chief Magistrate orders senior DIG to appear before court

Colombo Chief Magistrate orders senior DIG to appear before court

Written by Bella Dalima

08 Aug, 2014 | 11:56 pm

The Colombo Chief Magistrate on Friday, August 8, ordered Senior DIG of Police in the Western Province, Anura Senanayake, to appear in person in court on August 11 and make submissions regarding the provision of police security for the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Upul Jayasuriya.

After considering a request for police security for the President of the BASL at a previous hearing, the Colombo Chief Magistrate had ordered the police to provide the security requested.

The magistrate also ordered that the secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order and the Senior DIG of police in the Western province, appear in court on August 8 and make submissions, if they are unable to provide security.

The secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order had informed court that he would be unable to appear in court on August 8, as he is currently abroad.

The police noted that the ministry secretary must make a decision regarding providing two police officers as a security detail for the president of the Bar Association. The police also informed court that they had taken steps including the deployment of mobile patrols to ensure Jayasuriya’s safety.

Several lawyers appeared for Upul Jayasuriya in court.  The lawyers pointed out that while the police have been providing security to the brother of an individual who was killed in a clash involving two underworld groups since 2010, this security detail too was removed August 7 night, after the Bar Association had highlighted the matter.

They also pointed out that it is disappointing that security is yet to be provided to the president of the professional organisation that represents more than 14,000 lawyers.

Considering the submissions made, Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya, ordered that the police take charge of Upul Jayasuriya’s security until August 11 and that submissions be made to court on the same day.

Meanwhile, lawyers appearing for Upul Jayasuriya rejected a request made by the police for the police to provide security for Jayasuriya via a private security firm.



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