The Supreme Court today directed to consider the fundamental rights petition filed in the Supreme Court on May 18 seeking annulment of the recent promotion of Bimshani Jasinha Arachchi as the first woman Deputy Inspector General of Police. The petition was taken up before a three-judge bench headed by Justice Murdu Fernando today.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court today allowed the respondents to file limited objections.
The petitions have been filed by 30 SSPs, including SSP Ruwan Gunasekara, seeking a ruling that the promotion was made contrary to the standard promotion procedure.
The IGP, the National Police Commission, the Attorney General and the recently appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police Bimshani Jasinha Arachchi have been named as respondents. The petition states that the respondents had promoted Bimshani Jasinha Arachchi as the first Deputy Inspector General of Police in the country during the recent promotions.
However, the petition states that no police officer in the country can be appointed as the Deputy Inspector General of Police as the word ‘women’ is not mentioned in the regulations. The petition therefore seeks annulment of this promotion as it is illegal.