‘Govt will stand by law abiding state officials’

2020-02-13 at 12:45

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardana says the government will stand by the Gampaha District Forest Officer in the exchange which took place between the Officer and State Minister of Fisheries Sanath Nishantha Perera, during a committee meeting held in Negombo yesterday.

When inquired by media pertaining to the incident which is currently being discussed on social media, during the weekly Cabinet media briefing, Minister Gunawardana said the government will support all state officials who carry out their duties in line with the law.

He stressed the government, President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers stands by the forest officer, adding that it is the government’s stance that any official who enacts the law and carries out their duties without seeking personal gain will be supported by the government.

Minster Gunawardena also stressed that the officer will not be penalised as she had not disrespected anyone, but simply engaged in dialogue.

Meanwhile when questioned about the conflict of opinion pertaining to the exchange between the Minister of Fisheries and the Minister of Wildlife and who’s opinion they must abide by, the spokesman said Ministers must heed the decision of the Cabinet.

Meanwhile when inquired by media pertaining to claims that the Acting Inspector General of Police failed to follow orders issued by the Attorney General, Minister Gunawardana said the government is of the stance that the existing conflict of opinion between the Attorney General and the Acting Inspector General of Police must be solved independently through court, without any political interference.

He explained that the government’s primary legal representative was the Attorney General and the Officer-In-Charge of the Police – the Inspector General of Police, however adding any exchanges between them are carried out through the judiciary.

The Minister therefore stressed that court will independently resolve the issue without any political influence.

He further explained that it is the government’s stance that the independence and sovereignty of the judiciary is maintained and not influenced in any manner, under the one law – one country concept.