Sep 29, 2018

Parliamentary operation to remove IG! Featured

Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila said that discussion were held within the JO on December 26 regarding the removal of the IGP Pujith Jayasundara from his post.

MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had also said at a press briefing that a no confidence motion would be brought against the IG in parliament. 

There were various views expressed regarding the IG stating that the investigations into certain incidents cannot be conducted while he is the IGP. 
However, due to certain amendments that was made to the constitution, the Constitutional Council that appoints the IG nor the President could remove him from his post.

How can the IG be removed?

According to legal experts, the IG can only be removed taking into account the contents of the 2002 Number 5 removal of state officials act.
Accordingly, 1/3rd of the parliament members should sign a petition claiming that the IG is not suitable to function in his capacity and forward it to the Speaker. 

Thereafter the Speaker would appoint a committee to investigate this complaint while a Supreme Court Judge, the Chairman of the National Police Commission and three members nominated by the Speaker should be included in this committee. 

This committee should investigate the complaint and submit a report to the Speaker. 

Then the Speaker should present the committee recommendations to parliament and the IG can be removed by a 113 MP (simple majority) vote, said the legal experts.