Public security minister Tiran Alles said the president consulted him before granting a three-week service extension to police chief C.D. Wickramaratne.
Alles reacted as baseless to certain social media reports that claim he was unaware of the decision.
The minister said the president had lengthy discussions with him regarding the matter prior to his (Alles) overseas visit last week, with the president too, due to go to China within days.
A decision was taken there to appoint Wickramaratne on an acting capacity for three weeks until their return home.
Alles added that extending the IGP’s tenure until the end of this month would not be a problem.