Court orders AG to submit report

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage on Wednesday (3) ordered Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam to submit a report to Court forthwith, over the failure of IGP C.D. Wickremaratne, to institute action against Western Province SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, despite instructions being conveyed to him on three occasions by the Attorney General.

Tennakoon has been charged with dereliction of duty and failure to prevent the brutal assault targeting protesters at Galle Face Green and at Temple Trees on 9 May.

The Magistrate stated that the IGP is duty-bound to act on instructions received from the AG.

He noted that failure to act on advice received from the AG, to date, is a serious lapse on the part of the IGP.

The Court also ordered five suspects, including SLPP MPs Sanath Nishantha, Milan Jayathileka and Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, taken into custody in this connection, to hand over their mobile phones to the CID forthwith. Further hearing was then deferred to 24 August.

By Hansi Nanayakkara