The Chief Jailer of the Negombo Prison, Senarath Senanayake, has complained to the Court of Appeal that, the Commissioner General of Prisons had transferred him from Negombo, on December 6, 2005, consequent to the petitioner getting himself hospitalised on November 16, 2005, since he developed a chest pain and a headache.
The petitioner had delegated his official duties to his deputy, prior to getting admitted to the hospital.
The transfer order had alleged that the petitioner had absconded duty and had not reported to the Headquarters in response to an order by the Commissioner General. The petitioner denied these allegations. He said he had medical reports which proved that he had diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The petition said he is a staff grade officer and could be transferred only by the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and not by the Commissioner General of Prisons. The petitioner had been transferred to Welikada subject to approval by the Secretary Justice Ministry. The petition said the transfer order was mala-fide and requested the Court to quash it by a Writ of Certiorari.