The appointment of the IGP has become a burning issue like never before in history. The reason for this situation is all three Sr.DIGs who are heading the seniority having charges related to the Easter attack. A brief description about it is as follows.
Nilantha Jayawardena –
Although Nilantha passed necessary information to the President Sirisena about the Easter attack, he did not declare it in any court. This situation was favorable to Sirisena. Therefore, Sirisena was not only able to escape the charge of criminal homicide, he was also able to protect his political image. As such Catholic Council and Ranil Wickramasinghe strongly disagreed with Nilantha Jayawardene.
Deshbandu Tennakon and Patinayake –
Western Province Sr.DIG (former) Nandana Munasinghe has given clear cut orders to Deshbandu and Patinayake regarding the security measures that needed to be taken over Easter attack. But both of them have not obeyed those orders.As such, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith stands with dismay on said officers.
It is worth noting that the civilized world is examining nothing but the legitimacy of the archbishop’s request. There is nothing wrong with the archbishop’s standing point. Moreover, the country was saved without bloodshed due to archbishop. Hence, gratitude of the entire nation should goes to the archbishop.
The archbishop’s objection has been a strong factor in Deshbandu’s not getting the post of IGP
However, the Minister in charge of Police, Tiran Alas, made it clear that he supports Deshbandu. Moreover, Tiran Alas criticized the actions of the archbishop by parliament speech .
The archbishop has not interfered in government appointments in the past or present. Nevertheless The archbishop intervenes in the appointment of the IGP this time because it is a sensitive matter that affects them. It is their right. Ranil has a duty to respect their right
Ranil doesn’t care about Tiran Alas’ standing point. Thus Deshbandhu is a character of no five cent importance to Ranil. Because whoever IGP comes, the spoon is in Ranil’s hand only. But the archbishop’s position is much more important to Ranil.
Tiran Alas can do noting over the appointment of the IGP. . Facts being so, Tiran Alas’s speech that he made against the archbishop would further disfavor Deshbandhu.