For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
June 23, 2010: A chief police inspector apologized to the UNP parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake in the Supreme Court today.
He was the first respondent named in a petition filed by Ms. Senanayake claiming that her fundamental rights had been violated.
When the case was called up before a three judge bench comprising justices Shirani Thilakawardena, P. A. Ratnayake and S. I. Imam, the chief police inspector apologized to her.
Subsequently, the MP withdrew her petition.
The petition stated that when Ms. Senanayake was taking part in a protest campaign ‘Jana Bala Kahala Nadaya’, organized by the United National Party on June 03, 2008 against the escalating prices of goods, the police officer had insulted her in foul language.
At the time of the incident, Ms. Senanayake had been travelling in a vehicle accompanied by parliamentarian Chandrani Bandara.
Ms. Senanayake had sought compensation amounting to Rs. 1 million over the incident.
Meanwhile, the MP expressed these views at a media briefing today.
“If the 17th Amendment was in place, the police do not have to listen to politicians. It won’t be politicized, and that was what I wanted to say,” said Ms. Senanayake.