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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6.07 GMT

National Police Commission reinstated


The National Police Commission has been reinstated under the 18th amendment to the Constitution.

The Parliamentary council met Wednesday has approved the names proposed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the seven-member National Police Commission.

The activation of the National Police Commission was one of the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

President's Counsel and former High Commissioner to Australia, Senaka Walgampaya has been approved as the Chairman of the Commission.

The other nominees approved by the Parliamentary Council are Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, D. Dissanayake, Mrs. Charmaine Madurasinghe, R. Sivaraman, M.M.M Mowjood and the former chairman of ITN Newton Goonaratna.

The National Police Commission was established in 2002 under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. It became defunct due to the failure to appoint new commission members after the terms of the Commission and its Chairman ended in April 2009.

The transfers, discipline, and issues related to examinations, in the police force come under the purview of the National Police Commission. The Commission would have complete power to act independently.






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