Dr. Shafi donates salary, allowance arrears

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Dr. Shafi Sihabdeen who was arrested and sent on compulsory leave over allegations of non-consensual sterilisation has decided to donate his salary and allowance arrears for the purchase of essential medicine and equipment.

A Writ Application was previously filed by Dr. Sihabdeen seeking an order directing the payment of his salary and allowance arrears following which the Attorney General informed the Court of Appeal that the payment arrears during the period in which he was sent on compulsory leave will be paid.

In the Petition, Dr. Sihabdeen observed that he was arbitrarily and unlawfully sent on compulsory leave without just cause and legal authority. Thereby he was paid his salary and allowance arrears for the three-year period beginning May 2019 during which he was sent on compulsory leave.

Dr. Sihabdeen observed that as he has received the cheque for the payment arrears, he has held discussions with certain companies for the purchase of essential medicine and equipment.

Following his arrest, the CID informed the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court that the allegations against him have not been proven through investigations following which he was released on bail. The Ministry of Health also reinstated Dr. Sihabdeen at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.

By Faadhila Thassim