32 Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) including SSP Ruwan Gunasekera have filed a petition citing the appointment was contrary to the standard promotion procedures for senior police officers.
The petition also states that the regulations with regard to the appointment of women to the post of DIG do not provide for the use of the word 'women and as such, women cannot hold the post of DIG.
Furthermore, one of them was accused of instructing the Negombo Police HQI to fabricate false evidence in connection with the case former Superintendent of the Negombo Prison Anuruddha Sampayo.
While these two senior officers are featured prominently with regard to the promotion and transfer processes in the Police Department, it is said that many high ranking police officers are disappointed with their actions.
The two have also been accused of creating rifts between the Attorney General's Department and the Police Department.
However, since the two SSPs are considered to be close associates of the IGP, the Police Department is giving them preferential treatment, the sources added.