Pujith et al barred from NSC meetings due to conduct
By Buddhika Samaraweera
Former President Maithripala Sirisena admitted that he had informed several officials, including the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara, not to attend National Security Council (NSC) meetings, due to their conduct.
He was testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday Bombings, yesterday (12).
A Member of the Commission questioned the witness as to whether he had taken steps to ban certain officials from attending the NSC meetings. In response, he said no one was barred from attending.
But he said certain officials including Jayasundara were told not to attend the NSC meetings because of their improper conduct. He also said most of the presentations made by Jayasundara when he attended the NSC meetings were not successful. Jayasundara was being criticised at the time for his activities, he added.
According to Sirisena, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravi Seneviratne of the CID had been invited to the NSC meetings on Jayasundara’s behalf.