May 22, 2022

Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Jagath Alwis apologizes to CJ

Public Security Ministry Secretary Major General (Retd.) Jagath Alwis has apologised to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, saying the letter addressed directly to him was not intended to be sent to him.

The apology came soon after the Chief Justice forwarded the letter to the Attorney General for action to be taken.

Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam has given a stern warning to Major General (Retired) Alwis for overstepping his authority and writing directly to the Chief Justice, the Sunday Times learns.

Maj.Gen. (Retd.) Alwis had written to the Chief Justice seeking an appointment for the Inspector General of Police and other senior police officers to discuss the challenges and obstacles faced by police in maintaining law and order in view of the ongoing protests throughout the country.

The CJ had forwarded the letter to the AG with instructions to sternly warn the official for sending a completely unnecessary letter.

The AG has accordingly, given a first and final warning to the Ministry Secretary not to overstep his authority.

Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Alwis has again written to the CJ after the AG’s warning, claiming that the letter had been intended for the AG and had been mistakenly delivered to the CJ. He had expressed his deep regret and apologised for the oversight.

A Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) source said the fiasco underscored the need for those being appointed to such positions from outside the SLAS to be educated on guidelines to follow. The SLAS recently wrote to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urging him to give priority to SLAS officers when appointing officials to key administrative posts.


(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by has not been edited by SLM staff)