Commission turmoil continues
An Independent Police Commission member who allegedly canvassed
for her brother's police promotion has been directed to appear before
the Constitutional Council which is investigating the issue, Chairman
of the Constitutional Council and Speaker Joseph Michael Perera
told The Sunday Times the member, Ms. S. N. Ebert, was this week
directed to appear before a committee which has been appointed by
the CC to investigate the allegations.
But Ms. Ebert
continued to serve as a member of the Commission despite CC deciding
to investigate the allegations against her though this led to another
Commission member, Dr. D.S. Wijeweera, tendering his resignation.
said that despite the resignation of one member and another member
facing an inquiry, the Independent Police Commission could still
continue as the required quorum was four members.
In a related
development, Mr. Perera in his capacity as the chairman of the CC
has so far not responded to the President's strongly-worded letter
in which she cautioned about the selection of the members to serve
in the independent commissions.
spokesman Harim Peiris told The Sunday Times that the incident involving
the member was sufficient evidence to prove the point that people
not suitable to hold the position had been appointed. Ms. Ebert
said she was still continuing consultations with her lawyers and
did not wish to comment.