The JVP is on the warpath over the arrest by the CID of Ven. Dambara Amila Thera, who is a frontline member of the outfit. The police say his arrest was made consequent to a probe into a foreign employment racket he was allegedly involved in. There is credible evidence against him, the police say. But, the JVP insists that the charge against the Thera is trumped up and the government is trying to frame him for political reasons.
The matter is now before courts and it is best left to the learned judges. However, the political aspects of the issue warrant a public discussion.
The police have earned notoriety for being selectively efficient. They steer clear of the ruling party politicians and their stooges but swiftly descend on Opposition activists. However, does this mean that all arrests of Opposition politicians could be considered politically motivated? Or, is it that the long arm of the law, which baulks at dealing with pro-government elements, must also ignore complaints against Opposition politicians and desist from bringing them to book so as to look balanced and reasonable in the eyes of the public?
The government never lets the police loose on its backers. In fact, it defends law breakers in its ranks to the hilt and enables them to rise above the law. It also uses the police as storm troopers to harass its political opponents, as is well known. But, does it mean that since the government is shielding its supporters from the law, it should prevent the police from cracking down on Opposition activists as well?
Thus, it may be seen that the country has come to such a pass that the government uses the police against the Opposition while protecting its own members, and the Opposition calls for action against the ruling party members violating the law while trying to prevent its own leaders and activists from being arrested, regardless of charges against them!
There is hardly anyone in this country without connections with the government or the Opposition and, therefore, the police can act against no one without either being victimised by the government for doing their job impartially in case of taking action against government backers or being accused of partiality by the Opposition in case of its members facing interrogation and/or arrest!
Whether Ven. Amila has done anything wrong, we do not know. The charges against him may be trumped up as the JVP claims or they may even be true. Let the courts decide!
As much as one should not make the mistake of going by what the government says of its opponents, it is foolhardy for one to take character certificates that the JVP gives its members seriously. It also follows from this argument that one should be wary of buying what the government says about its own members and of believing the JVP`s allegations against the ruling party activists and leaders.
If these holier-than-thou politicians are to be judged by their spurious claims about their integrity etc, they are all paragons of virtue!
If the JVP has irrefutable proof that the arrest of Ven. Amila was arbitrary and politically motivated, it ought to take recourse to litigation against the police. Instead of making a song and dance about the arrest, the JVP should be able to challenge the police to expedite investigations. The police have said there are about 15 complaints that the Thera has collected money from some persons by promising them foreign jobs.
People are not so stupid as to believe the allegations that the police make against Opposition activists. The police lack credibility because of their servility to the powers that be. Nor would the public believe the JVP`s rebuttals.
The question is: Whom to believe?
The discerning public, we believe, are capable of studying facts made available to them and drawing their own conclusions on issues. The JVP may defend Ven. Amila from the political platform but the best place for it to fight for him is the Court of law.