Sirisena tells Easter Attacks PCoI: Pujith left out of NSC meetings due to behaviour

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2020

By Buddhika Samaraweera

Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara had not been invited to the National Security Council (NSC) meetings since the end of 2018, due to various allegations levelled against him.

This was disclosed on 14 October, when former President Maithripala Sirisena testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday bombings.

Sirisena also said he had had several discussions with former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2018, since Jayasundara's behaviour seemed to have caused the entire Police Department to be tarnished. “But at that time, Wickremesinghe asked me to wait till December 2018. But even then, Jayasundara behaved in the same manner,” he added.

"Following a number of such complaints about Jayasundara's behaviour, I decided not to invite him for the NSC meetings. Even when he attended them, he did not pay proper attention to the matters discussed. He was just looking at the mobile phone, when I had advised him not to do so. At the NSC, he should behave in a responsible manner. He should take notes on matters that are coming under his purview, but he never used to do so," Sirisena also said.

He further said he had also had discussions with former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in this connection. Adding that Jayasundara was however not invited for the NSC meetings since December 2018, Sirisena said a former Senior DIG of the CID, Ravi Seneviratne, was invited for it on behalf of Jayasundara. He was an efficient officer who served at the Police Department, he said.

By Buddhika Samaraweera | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2020

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