The Attorney General's Department has directed Police Chief T. E.
Anandarajah to take disciplinary action against ASP Kulasiri Udugampola
for filing indictments against Army Commander Lionel Balagalle and
other Army personnel in the Chief Magistrate's Courts in Kandy.
The move came
as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered that the case be
withdrawn after it came to light that Mr. Udugampola had filed the
court action without informing his own superiors - the Superintendent
of Police (Kandy), Deputy Inspector General of Police (Central Range)
and the Inspector General of Police. In addition, he has also not
consulted the Attorney General.
3, the Kandy Police Special Crime Investigation and Operation Unit
headed by ASP Udugampola filed action before Kandy Chief Magistrate
Leon Seneviratne against Lt. Gen. Balagalle, Military Intelligence
Director Kapila Hendavithana and six soldiers charging them with
keeping explosives in stock without adequate care and precaution
at a safe house.
The Sunday Times
learns that Police Chief Anandarajah telephoned Lt. Gen. Balagalle
to apologise to him on behalf of the Police for ASP Udugampola's
action and to assure him that disciplinary action would be taken.
Mr Anandarajah has also directed Mr. Udugampola to withdraw the
case he has filed. (See also