Public must defend independent bodies- RW

November 20, 2018

Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe says robust democratic institutions are integral to protecting the freedoms of citizens from arbitrary actions of the state.

In a statement, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the general public must defend and strengthen independent bodies in the country.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe commended the intervention of the National Police Commission over the transfer issued to the Officer-In-Charge of the Organized Crimes Investigation Division of the Criminal Investigation Department Nishantha Silva.

Following the intervention, the Inspector General of Police rescinded the transfer order effective yesterday.

The UNP Leader added the intervention of the Police Commission in preventing the arbitrary executive actions of transferring an officer, is an important result of the independent commissions introduced by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.