Police submitting doctored drug samples to Govt. Analyst: House committeeView(s):
A Parliamentary oversight committee revealed that certain Police officers intentionally submit drug samples that yield negative results to the Government Analyst’s Department.
The Sectoral Oversight Committee on Just and Law-Abiding Society found at least 1,580 such false samples were submitted to the department last year alone. Police stations in Maradana (59), Peliyagoda (58), Kaduwella (58) and Borella (49) turned in the highest number of false samples.
The Committee is chaired by MP W. D. J. Senevirathna.
The Committee’s final report titled “Delay in reports issued by the Department of Government Analysts” looked at the reasons for the delay in submitting Government Analyst’s reports to the relevant courts, and to make recommendations to solve the various problems faced by individuals.
The Committee also stressed that due to the actions of the “Police in putting the common citizens of the country in various difficulties under the guise of suppressing the criminals in the area by making false accusations, an unnecessary number of cases were piled up in the courts,” and there was a “lack of ability to run the affairs in the courts efficiently and effectively,”
As a result, the Committee observed that many officials in government institutions such as prisons, judiciary, and the Government Analyst’s Department are being inconvenienced.
The Committee also observed that due to the delay in the investigation reports of the drug suspects, they had to be detained in prisons for a long time, which caused the Government to spend a lot of money to maintain them while causing severe congestion in prisons.
The Department which is tasked with carrying out analytical expertise and advisory services related to forensic science and food science to courts and law enforcement agencies is also faced with a severe staff shortage. There are currently 113 vacancies in the institution out of 350 approved staff. “Out of those vacancies, 25 posts are scientific service posts and those should be filled as soon as possible.”
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