Would personally guarantee the security of BASL President – DIG Western Province


Senior DIG of Police in the Western Province, Anura Senanayake, informed court on Monday that he would personally guarantee the security of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Attorney-at-Law, Upul Jayasuriya.

After considering the submissions made with regard to steps taken to provide security for the Bar Association President, the Colombo Chief Magistrate expressed the court’s satisfaction with the security measures.

The hearing of the plaint filed with regard to threats posed to the security of the BASL President Upul Jayasuriya, as a result of him being followed by an unidentified group, was taken up once again on Monday before Colombo Chief Magistrate, Gihan Pilapitiya.

As ordered by the Chief Magistrate on Friday, Senior DIG  Anura Senanayake, appeared before court on Monday and made submissions.

He informed court that 27 police officers have been deployed as part of a security detail for the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

However, he also pointed out, that it is the Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order, who must decide on providing two officers as personal security for Upul Jayasuriya. The Senior DIG informed court that the Ministry Secretary who was abroad, would be arriving in the country on Monday and that further steps would be taken following his arrival.

Anura Senanayake also informed court that the persons who had followed Jayasuriya on July 31 were undercover intelligence officers. He said that their identity had been confirmed after examining photographs provided by the BASL.

He also noted that as per the primary complaint filed on the examined CCTV footage and ascertained that Jayasuriya had been followed by a duo on a motorcycle.

He added that he had removed himself from the investigation, based on statements made regarding him, by the President of the BASL. Anura Senanayake further informed court, that the investigation was being supervised at present by Senior DIG Gamini Navaratne, on the orders of the IGP.

The Senior DIG, speaking further, noted that the public have complete faith in him and that if he were to sit for an election, he would easily garner about 300,000 votes.

Further hearings of this case have been postponed to August 25.