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The Election Commission should be consulted in the transfers of state officials on account of medical, disciplinary or service requirement reasons during an election period, said secretary of the commission H.M.T.D. Herath said.

The commission has issued a related circular on 28 November 2017, according to him.

Herath is responding to a letter sent to him by secretary of the tea inspectors’ project technical association S.L. Priyadarshana, whose transfer by the Tea Smallholdings Development Authority (TSDA) to its Kalutara office was first suspended and then approved.

The commission was not consulted in his transfer and is said to be politically-motivated, as he is an office-bearer of a trade union affiliate of the JVP.

He has held a media briefing recently to reveal the irregularities committed by the TSDA chairman.

Sri Lanka Mirror too, exposed many of the frauds that have taken place in the institution, and will continue to publish many more.

Priyadarshana wrote to the commission on November 20 and three days later, the transfer was suspended.

Given below is the letter:


However, six days later, the commission reversed its decision and sent a letter to the TSDA informing it about the same.

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