Setting aside the Police Chief`s recommendation, the Supreme Court yesterday directed the police department to effect the promotions of the acting Senior DIGs before April 25.
Earlier the Police Chief Chandra Fernando had recommended a formal interview by the National Police Commission (NPC) before the promotions were granted.
The aggrieved DIGs are to submit their declaration of assets to the NPC through the IGP.
The Bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Justices Shiranee Tilakawardene and Saleem Marsoof.
The DIGs complained to the Supreme Court that the new procedure sought to be adopted by the IGP for promotions to the rank of Senior DIGs was arbitrary, unreasonable, irrational, and unfair, and thwarts their legitimate expectations.
DIGs H.M.S.Herath, K.G. Kumarasiri, H.A.J.S.K. Wickramaratne, M. Balasuriya and Y.P.V. Perera cited the NPC, the IGP and others as respondents.
In their petition they stated that up to now, the promotion to the rank of Senior DIG was effected solely on seniority in keeping with a Cabinet decision and that even the NPC adopted the method of promoting the most senior DIG as a Senior DIG without any change to the scheme of promotion approved by the Cabinet.
They stated that recently the IGP had requested them to take over the functions of the Senior DIG in addition to their present duties in recognition of their seniority in the force pending their promotion to the substantive rank of Senior DIG.
The NPC had written to the IGP by which it had introduced an interview procedure for promotion to the rank of Senior DIG and further stating that DIG with five years of unblemished service be called for such interviews.
They alleged that the new procedure would compel them, each of whom have more than ten years in the rank of DIG to compete with officers who have been their subordinates who have a mere five years in the rank of DIG.
President`s Counsel Mohan Peiris with Nuwanthi Dias appeared for the aggrieved DIGs. State Counsel N. Pulle appeared for the respondents.