By Nirmala Kannangara
The Commissioner of Prisons has interdicted a jailor and a driver for allowing jailed former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to talk to the media when he was appearing in court.
Prisons Commissioner Asoka Hapuarachchi told The Sunday Leader that preliminary investigations are now being held to determine whether Jailor E.K.D. Duminda who was providing security to former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka in court had allowed Fonseka to talk to the media. He confirmed that both jailor Duminda and driver Sunil were interdicted pending their alleged involvement in permitting Fonseka a long interview with the media.
“The prison authority is the custodian of its prisoners and it is the sole responsibility of the jailor who accompanies the prisoners to court to provide the necessary security. It is also the duty of the jailor to get the prison vehicle near the court house on time to take the prisoners back. However on this particular day not only did Jailor Duminda fail to get the prison vehicle near the court house in time to take Fonseka back to Welikada but had allegedly also allowed Fonseka to give a long interview to media personnel,” Hapuarachchi said. According to Hapuarachchi, driver Sunil too had to be interdicted because of his failure to bring the vehicle on time.
“Under the Establishment Code there is no necessity to give a charge sheet to any accused but they could be interdicted pending preliminary investigations. The inquiry would establish whether the jailor and the driver deliberately allowed time for Fonseka to talk to the media or not. If they are found innocent, they will be reinstated,” Hapuarachchi said.
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