IP Nishantha Silva flees- travel ban on over 700

By Rose Kenny
Over 700 officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) have been placed on a watch list at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the list has been sent to the BIA informing the Immigration and Emigration Department to alert the Police if anyone on the list attempts to travel overseas.

The move comes after CID Inspector of Police (IP) Nishantha Silva fled the country.

Accordingly, Police Headquarters has ordered the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to launch an immediate inquiry into the departure of the Inspector of Police (IP) Adrian  Nishantha Silva from the Katunayake BIA  on Sunday afternoon without obtaining proper approval. .

The Police Media Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the IP had left the country without obtaining prior approval from the Police Department.

The SSP confirmed that IP Nishantha Silva attached to the CID left the country with his family to Switzerland, on Sunday afternoon (24) without obtaining prior approval to travel overseas.

He noted that in the event a police officer needs to travel overseas for official purposes or personal reasons, he first needs to obtain the approval of the Ministry Secretary. However, IP Silva had not obtained any approval prior to his departure.

Silva has been involved in several controversial investigation cases within the CID and he had come under fire for having conducted these investigations in a partial manner during the past four years.