Cardinal’s letter on IGP post cannot be condoned: Ananda Thera



Even though the religious leaders should advise the government on certain matters, the interference on the post of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), which affects the country’s security, cannot be condoned, Deputy Registrar of the Asgiriya Chapter, Venerable Narampanawe Ananda Thera, said.

The Thera said the government will not be able to make any appointments in the future on its own if religious leaders keep interfering in this manner.

The prelate also said the government will be helpless if the majority of Buddhists also start exerting pressure when the leaders of other religions interfere in the decision making process.

Ananda Thera said that it is learnt that the Cardinal has sent a letter to the President regarding the post of IGP, which cannot be condoned.

He said that it is the President’s responsibility to appoint a suitable senior officer to the post of IGP.

Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has sent a letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on June 30 requesting him not to appoint Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardene and Senior DIG in charge of Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon, who have been accused of failing to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks, as the IGP.



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