AG tells acting IGP: "I have no power to shelve cases in view of police probes"


By AJA Abeynayake

The Attorney General Dappula de Livera, on Wednesday, informed Acting IGP Senior DIG C. D. Wickramaratne that he had no powers to shelve cases in view of police investigations.

The Attorney General has, in a letter to the Acting IGP stated it is the superior courts that are vested with powers to shelve such cases.

The AG’s letter has been sent in response to a request made by Acting IGP Wickramaratne, who has asked the former to shelve some cases on the grounds that investigations being carried out by the police pertaining to those cases were detrimental to the interests of some parties.

AG’s Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said the AG had informed the Acting IGP that neither the police chief nor a presidential commission had powers to ask him to shelve any case being heard before a court.

In addition, the AG has directed Acting IGP Wickramaratne to submit copies of audio and video recordings of 12 telephone conversations between MP Ramanayake and interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.

The AG had noted that between 2015.01.01 and 2019.12.31 there had been 12 telephone conversations between MP Ramanayake and Judge Pilapitiya, State Counsel Jayaratne said.

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