Centre for Policy Alternatives on 25 January, 2010

Special Media Release on Transfer of HQI Vavuniya Police Station

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Special Media Release on Transfer
of HQI Vavuniya Police Station

23rd January 2010

2300Hrs

CMEV learnt that the HQI of the Vavuniya Police Station, Saman
Sigera, has been transferred to the welfare division of the Police Head
Quarters with immediate effect from 23rd January 2010.

CMEV contacted Saman Sigera on 23rd January at around
05.30 pm who said that he received a fax from the Police Head Quarters,
Colombo today at around 11.30 pm instructing him to report to the
Welfare Division of the Police Head Quarters with immediate effect. He
further stated that no reason has been mentioned for his transfer in the
fax.

CMEV contacted the police spokesman SSP I.M.Karunaratne today at
around 06.15 pm and he stated that he is not aware about the transfer
and he has not been informed anything regarding it by the Inspector
General of Police. CMEV contacted the Police Spokesman again at around
07.30 pm and then 10.30 pm he stated that he has yet not received any
information regarding the transfer.

CMEV contacted the Department of Election at about 06.30 pm an
officer, who did not reveal his name, informed CMEV that all the
responsible officers are in a meeting and asked to contact later. CMEV’s
attempts to contact the Department of Election failed as no one
responded to the telephone thereafter.

CMEV contacted DIG Lalith Jayasinghe at around 10.40 pm who
instructed to contact acting DIG-Personal & Records Division,
Mr.Fonseka to verify the reason for the transfer order.

At around 11.00 pm CMEV contacted DIG,Fonseka, who confirmed the
transfer order and stated that HQI Saman Sigera, was transferred with
the approval of the Election Commissioner. He further told CMEV that he
was transferred due to the allegations leveled against him.

CMEV also received a telephone call from Paikianathan Ranganathan,
UNP Vavuniya District organizer, at around 05.15 pm regarding the
incident.

CMEV underscores the commissioner’s notice on 07th December 2009 regarding the appointments, transfers and promotions.
According to the section 104B (4) and 104(J) of the 17th Amendment to the constitution the commissioner has the power to suspend
the appointments, transfers and promotions. CMEV requests the Election
Commissioner to disclose the reason for the approval of the transfer to
the public to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

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