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AG blames senior officers of PNB for their lack of supervision for Bureau’s dismal state of affairs

Dappula de Livera

Attorney General Dappula de Livera has observed that proper supervision by senior officers at the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) could have averted officers working with drug traffickers.

He made this criticism during a two-hour speech on Friday at the office of the Western Province Deputy Inspector General. During his address to the officers, Dappula de Livera said: 

“I have come to give this speech on the invitation of the Director of the PNB. Given the current situation however, I have the power to summon senior police officers and give this speech even without such an invitation as per Section 393 (2) of the Penal Code.

While I acknowledge that most PNB officers are honest, the entire unit is now getting a bad name owing to the actions of a few corrupt officers. I urge PNB officers to come forward to expose the corrupt elements within their ranks.

The senior police officers had not properly supervised the activities of junior officers. If that had been done properly, it would have prevented the current dismal state of affairs.

Senior officers must closely supervise all activities of their juniors. They must scrutinise all their log entries. I don’t see that happening properly. The senior officers must keep a tab on where their junior officers are going and about the lifestyles they lead. Their finances too must be probed. That is how you supervise officers properly. You must be constantly vigilant.

The entire country knows about these officers now. You can’t work with corrupt officers. You know who the corrupt elements among you are. Give us information concerning them. Let’s purge the corrupt elements and clean up this agency.

The officers should be afraid of the law and be afraid of committing crimes. How do you become afraid? You must think that there is no escape for you if you commit crimes. You must think about what would happen if you are in that position. You must both respect and fear the law.

There’s no discipline here. You can’t do your jobs properly if there is no discipline. Senior officers must set an example to their juniors.

You can’t save criminal gangs. They will eventually be caught and even if they aren’t, they will face justice according to ‘Ditta Dhamma Vedaniya Kamma.’ They will suffer in the end.”

Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardana, Deputy Solicitor Dileepa Peiris, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara and State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne were among the officials from the AG’s Department officials who were present.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana delivered the Vote of Thanks.








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