SC orders half pay for interdicted DIG in FR case

The Supreme Court yesterday (25) ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to pay half of the salary due to former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of the  Terrorism Investigation Division Nalaka Silva who was sent on compulsory leave,later arrested and subsequently interdicted in connection with the incident of conspiring to assassinate former President

Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Also, the Attorney General was directed to give instructions to the Inspector General to look into the possibility of paying the full salary he is entitled to.

This order was issued when the fundamental rights petition filed by former DIG Nalaka Silva against his suspension after his arrest by the Criminal Investigation Department was taken up for hearing.

The petition was taken up for hearing before the three-member Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardene,S.Thurairaja and Kumuduni Wickramasinghe.

President’s Counsel Faiz Mustapha, who appeared for the petitioner, the former DIG, stated before court that after suspending his client from work, the respondents also arranged to send him on compulsory leave and from that date till now, he had to remain without salary for almost four years. The Bench drew attention to the fact that the right to receive half salary is generally available in case of suspension, and the chairman of the Bench, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena pointed out that the suspension of the petitioner is a decision of the Inspector General of Police, so he should deal with the payment of the salary.

The Bench pointed out that it is a serious situation that the petitioner has not been paid his salary up to now.

Then, the Supreme Court fixed the date for summoning the petition on February 27.


by dailynews sri lanka

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