IP Nishantha’s probes backed by LTTE sympathisers
By Buddhika Samaraweera
Most of the investigations conducted by Inspector of Police (IP) Nishantha Silva of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who fled the country last year, were influenced and supported by certain non-governmental organisations (NGOs) affiliated with the LTTE, former President Maithripala Sirisena said.
He was testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the bombings on 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, on 14 October.
An Additional Solicitor General (ASG) questioned the witness as to whether he had instructed the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara at a National Security Council (NSC) meeting, that IP Silva should be transferred. In response, the witness said he had taken into consideration several complaints received from various parties regarding the investigations initiated against Buddhist monks, military and Intelligence Officers by IP Silva.
Sirisena also said Jayasundara had sent a letter to the National Police Commission in this regard and in it had stated that “it was in accordance with the instructions received at the NSC.” Sirisena had subsequently blamed Jayasundara for this. He further said Jayasundara was not invited to the meetings of the NSC for that reason.
Meanwhile, when the Commission inquired as to why IP Silva, who had been transferred to Negombo, was called back to the CID, Sirisena said former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, various Ministers and NGOs had strongly objected to his transfer. There were a number of issues in the Cabinet as well, he said, and added that IP Silva was called back to the CID due to such issues.
"Silva's investigations were heavily supported by certain international organisations affiliated to the LTTE.
When I once visited the Queen of England, there were about 200 to 300 people gathered near Buckingham Palace and they staged a protest in support of the LTTE," Sirisena also said.