* Dr. Shafi returns his salary arrears to the Ministry of Health to purchase medicines
Mon, Jun 13, 2022, 08:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
June 13, Colombo: Dr. Seigu Shihabdeen Mohammad Shafi, a specialist in the obstetrics and gynecology unit of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, who was sent on compulsory leave on false charges of performing infertility surgery, has returned his salary arrears and allowances to the Ministry of Health to buy medicines required for the country.
The Court of Appeal recently ordered the Ministry of Health to pay the arrears of salaries and allowances for the period of Dr. Shafi’s suspension before July 10.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Health took steps to pay Dr. Shafi Rs. 2,675,816.48. However, due to the shortage of medicines in the country, Dr. Shafi has taken steps to transfer the money to the Ministry of Health to purchase medicines.
The controversial action to send Dr. Shafi on compulsory leave was taken on May 23, 2019, with a revelation made by a leading Sri Lankan newspaper that Dr. Shafi has performed illegal sterilizations of thousands of women. Against this backdrop, Dr. Shafi was arrested by the Kurunegala Police on May 25, 2019 on charges of illegally acquiring assets.
Following the investigations conducted, in June 2019 the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court that there was no evidence to prove the allegations made against Dr. Shafi.
Subsequently, on July 25, 2019, the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court ordered that the doctor be released on bail and further investigations were expedited under the CID.
The Public Services Commission in December 2021 decided to reinstate Dr. Shafi and instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health to pay arrears of his salary for the period he was sent on compulsory leave.