Oct 02, 2019

Suhada Gamlath refuses to resign amidst pressure

He will not succumb to anyone’s pressure and step down, the head of the National Authority for the Protection of Witnesses and Victims Suhada Gamlath had said, according to media reports.

The Aruna Newspaper reported that the former Senior Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department Suhada Gamlath had said that if required he could be removed. They cannot remove me with that kind of pressure. Let them remove me. The former Chairman left the authority and went. It was thereafter that Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa appointed me as the Chairman. During the past several years we did an immense service. It was the current Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale who in fact extended my service recently. According to her request, I am in the process of compiling several new laws pertaining to child victims.”

“If they want to remove me they can do so. That is perfectly alright. But I have done my duty. If my removal is based on my statement, I really don’t know what is political in it. I have said the truth, the absolute truth of what is happening in this country. If saying the truth is construed as talking politics well then we have to fine another country to settle down,” Gamlath said.

Let’s see if you don’t resign - Thalatha

Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala speaking at a press conference yesterday said that if he does not resign immediately from his post as the Chairman of the National Authority for the Protection of Witnesses and Victims, she will take due action against him.

Gamlath had already informed the relevant authorities of his intention to step down.

“Gamlath has informed the Presidential Secretary that he will be resigning from his post.”

However, she said

Athukorala further noted that as a public servant, it was unethical for Gamlath to come in front of the Media and give his ‘political views’.

She said this at a media briefing held at Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s residence under the patronage of Minister Sajith Premadasa.

The Weekend Aruna newspaper had published an interview with Suhada Gamlath and based on that report, the journalists had questioned the Justice Minister and she had given this response.

‘‘Gamlath had committed an offence as a public servant by talking to the media on certain issues. I requested President Maithripala Sirisena to take action against him and the President’s Office had assured me that action will be taken. We have no issues with his political ideology but he has violated procedures which a public servant should follow.”

She said that Gamlath had notified the President yesterday that he would resign. “If he fails to resign over the next couple of days, we will take action against him,” Minister Athukorale said.