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SDIG Pujitha Jayasundara nominated as IGP

The Constitutional Council has nominated Senior DIG Pujitha Jayasundara as the next Inspector General of Police, sources revealed.

Earlier, three nominees for the post of the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) were summoned before the Constitutional Council.

The Constitutional Council met at the Parliamentary complex at 3.00 p.m. today to decide on the appointment of the country's 34th IGP.

President Maithripala Sirisena sent the nominations of the three most senior serving members of the Police Department for the post of IGP to the Constitutional Council on April 8.

The three names proposed by the President are Acting IGP S. M. Wickramasinghe, Senior Deputy Inspectors General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and Chandana Wickramaratne.

Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara was reported to be the forerunner among the contenders for the post of IGP.

Parliament Deputy Secretary-General Neil Iddawala told yesterday, letters were sent to the nominees asking them to appear before the Council meeting. The three nominees will be interviewed by the Council members before the final decision.

The post of IGP fell vacant with the retirement of N.K. Illangakoon on April 11.

Iddawala said all 10 Council members have been informed of today’s meeting. The 10 members include three ex-officio members, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapakshe and John Seneviratne, JVP MP Vijitha Herath representing the minor parties and Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy and Justice Shibly Aziz representing civil society.

Once a final agreement on the appointment is reached, the Constitutional Council will inform its decision to the President in writing.