He said this transfer raises issues regarding the safety of these officers as well.
Fernando expressed regret over the transferring of such clever police officers.
He made this comment at a media briefing held at Temple Trees yesterday (18). UNP-MP Ajith P. Perera expressing his views said, “Nishantha Silva is a clever officer and he has revealed details of many crimes. The Police force is now under the Defence Ministry. IGP Pujith Jayasundara should be ashamed of following illegal orders and transferring such officers. Did they take over the government to transfer such capable police officers?”
Could it have been influenced by the CDS?
Many of the prominent cases, including the abduction, extortion and disappearance of 11 youths, assault on journalists Keith Noyahr, Upali Tennakoon and Namal Perera and the assassination of Lasantha Wickramatunge were all investigated under IP Nishantha Silva.
It was also Nishantha Silva who had reported the findings of the investigation on the abduction and disappearance of the 11 youths and details of CDS Admiral Ravindra Wijegunawardena’s involvement in aiding and abating former Navy Lieutenant Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath to evade court. As a result court had ordered the arrest of Admiral Ravindra Wijegunawardena.