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IGP’s Sir Could have been his teacher

Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella, told Parliament yesterday that the unknown caller, referred to as 'Sir', by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) could have been anyone, including even a former teacher of the IGP.

The leader of the House was responding to a question raised by Chief Opposition Whip MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who inquired as to who IGP Pujith Jayasundara was referring to as 'Sir' while answering a mobile phone call during an event which was widely aired over the media recently. Adding that a similar question was raised on Thursday (1) as well, he demanded that the Minister of Justice disclose to the House the identity of the caller.

"A certain 'Sir' ordered the IGP to desist from apprehending Dishan Wickramaratne Gunasekara. It was aired by the media.
The Parliament has the right to know what the truth of the matter is. Dishan Gunasekara was the former Basnayake Nilame, a close relative of the high class families of the former regime and also the former Acting Director and Chairman of the Ceylon Mineral Sands Corporation. There are several cases against him before the FCID. From what I understand, the 'Sir' the IGP referred to could only be the Minister in charge of the Police or the Prime Minister.

We want to know who ordered the IGP not to arrest Dishan Gunasekara. The relevant Minister should reveal to the House who was behind that phone call."

The Leader of the House then responded that it was up to the Opposition to decide on how to interpret the situation.
"This is the interpretation of opposition member concerning that incident, it could be either right or wrong. He could have been saying 'Sir' to his school teacher. Even now we call our teachers 'sir" the Leader of the House opined.
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