Former Director of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara today filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court seeking his reinstatement as the Director of the CID. Abeysekara in his petition challenged the National Police Commission (NPC) decision to interdict him from the Police Service.
He is also seeking compensation amounting to Rs. 10 Million for the violation of his Fundamental Rights. Attorney-at-Law Manjula Balasuriya filed the petition on behalf of Abeysekara which also seeks an order from the court restoring him back to his former post.
The Acting IGP, members of the National Police Commission, Chairman of National Election Commission, Defence Ministry Secretary, and several others were named as the respondents.
Meanwhile, Abeysekara also filed a writ petition at the Court of Appeal earlier this week. Through the writ petition, Abeysekara was seeking to cancel the order issued on him to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCOI) appointed to probe incidents of Political Victimization based on a complaint by Chairman of the Avant-Garde Security Services Nisanka Senadhipathi.
Senadhipathi claims that Avant-Garde suffered massive losses after the former Government had seized the operations of a floating armory managed by his company. Senadipathi has since claimed that he was a victim of political victimization.
As a result, the commission issued a summons on 17 individuals to appear before the commission including SSP Shani Abeysekara.
Shani Abeysekara was interdicted on January 7, 2020. At the time the Police claimed the disciplinary action was taken following the release of several phone call recordings of the SSP which the Police said brought disrepute to the Police. Prior to being interdicted Abeysekara one of the most senior and experienced crime investigators in the Police was transferred and appointed as the Personal Assistant to the DIG Galle by the NPC. During his time at the CID, Abeysekara was in charge of investigating a number of high profile cases.