NPC and IGP to discuss lawyers' complaints
The National Police Commission (NPC) is to discuss shortly with the
IGP, Victor Perera the issue relating to lawyers accompanying clients
mostly persons suspected to be involved in criminal cases, when they are
summoned to police stations, a spokesman for the NPC told the "Sunday
The NPC has received complaints from lawyers from suburbs of Colombo
that some police officers have shown resentment and unwillingness to
accommodate lawyers when they accompany clients to police stations.
Two such complaints have been received from Homagama and Pugoda
In one such instance a young girl was summoned to a police station
around 7.30.p.m. for an inquiry and when she accompanied a lawyer, the
police officer concerned had raised objections. The spokesman said they
would take up the matter with the IGP and arrive at a decision.
Meanwhile NPC is looking at the possibility of transferring some
police officers attached to establishments like the parliamentary
complex where police officers have served for more than three years. "We
want to give a chance to other police officers who have served in
difficult operational areas to work at these institutions. There are
over 200 policemen attached to the parliamentary complex ," he said.