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Police 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 said.

Mr. 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.

The Speaker 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.

President's 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.

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