IP Nimal Douglas case re-fixed for supports
COLOMBO: The Supreme Court on Tuesday re-fixed for support the
Fundamental Rights application filed by the father and three children of
slain Police Officer Nimal Douglas against failure to reinstate him
consequent to his acquittal from drug trafficking charges.
The petitioners represented by the father of the deceased IP and his
three children stated that their rights had been violated by the acts of
the respondent Police Officers.
The petitioners sought compensation in a sum of Rs. 31 million; one
million rupees from the respondent Police Officers including the IGP for
the first petitioner father for the loss of his son to take care of his
daughter-in-law and himself in his old age ,ten million rupees each for
three children for the irreparable loss and damage caused to them due to
the "brutal murders" of both of their parents.
They further sought to remove the 7-15 respondents from their present
positions to facilitate an impartial inquiry into the murders of the IP
and his wife who were killed on April 24, in Pore, on their wedding
anniversary while on their way to a newspaper office to hand over
certain documents to the editor who had promised to publish them in the
interest of the public.
The Bench comprised Justices Nihal Jayasinghe and Nissanka Udalagama.
The petitioners Saundha Hennedige Dynesius (69), Vishani (13),
Dharshi Kalpana (9) and Bhagya Darith (5) cited 17 respondents including
the Inspector General of Police, DIG (admin) B. M. Liyanage, Colombo
Division DIG Pujith Jayasundara, DIG CID Asoka Wiejthilake, Director CCD
SSP D. S. S. Lugoda, ASP J.R. Jayawardane, ASP R. P. Fernando, CI N.
Widisinghe, IP Iddamalgoda, IP Prassanna Alwis, SI Shantha all of whom
attached to the Colombo Crime Division, Peliyagoda Division Crimes ASP
Priyantha Jayakody, IP Wijebandara of Bambalapitiya Police and the
The petitioners stated that IP Nimal Douglas was attached to the
Borella Police and had detected the most number of heroin cases among
3000 Police officers in 19 Police Stations in Colombo. According to the
petitioners some politicians and his superiors including some of the
respondents were not on good terms with him since he had been
instrumental in arresting under world figures.
The petitioners stated that IP Nimal was arrested on December 28,
2005, on the instructions of Director CCD SSP D. S. S. Lugoda following
the arrest of one Zulfika in connection with drug trafficking. However,
the suspect was not referring to IP Douglas in her statement. The
petitioners stated that SSP Lugoda was one of his superiors who was not
on good terms with IP Nimal.
They stated that the deceased had found respondent, SI Shantha in a
compromising situation in the company of the notorious under world
figure Junda alias G-Boy whom SI Shantha had purportedly arrested
(allegedly according to the SSP Lugoda) but never in fact arrested but
released thereby preventing arrest by IP Nimal. IP NImal was interdicted
following his arrest on December 28, 2005.
They stated that the Attorney General had instructed IP Nimal's
release as there was no evidence against him and accordingly he was
released on March 23. They stated that in spite of his release the first
respondent IGP had failed to reinstate him.
They sought to reinstate the deceased without a break in service from
December 28, 2005.
The case was refixed for support for June 12.