Do not arrest anyone for political nature; IGP

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:54 GMT, Jun 12, 2015 |

The IGP has directed the heads of the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to desist from making arrests of a political nature until further notice. IGP N.K. Illangakoon has given this instruction against a backdrop where certain politicians and former state officials have sought the judiciary’s intervention to prevent possible arrests. However, the IGP’s instruction has put a damper on some key investigations carried out by the Police FCID and the CID, highly placed sources of the Police headquarters reported to the media.

Back ground or the circumstances that led to the IGP’s instruction to the heads of the FCID and the CID are still not clear. However, no official memo or document has been circulated in this regard, Police headquarters sources also added. The Police FCID has already completed some important investigations including the inquiries on siphoning off Rs. 620 million from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to distribute Sil redhi among Buddhist devotees prior to the election and stock market manipulations. The FCID has now sought the Attorney General’s Department’s advice on how it should proceed with the cases.