All Ranks, Privileges & Pension Restored for General (Retd)
Entitlement to wearing of all decorations of
General (retd) G.S.C Fonseka, former Chief of Defence Staff and
Commander of the Army who left an indelible legacy of gallantry by
directing the Army to wipe out LTTE terrorism from Sri Lanka, has
been restored, following the full Presidential amnesty, granted by
HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, in terms of the powers,
vested in HE under Section 34 of the Constitution.
Ministry of Defence has accordingly confirmed that
he is entitled to his rank of Four Star General, medals, pension and
other privileges which were stripped of in 2010, by two Army
tribunals before he was cashiered and imprisoned.
Accordingly, General Fonseka could wear Rana
Wickrama Padakkama (RWP), Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP), Vishishta Seva
Vibhushanaya (VSV), Uththama Seva Padakkama (USP) and all other
decorations which had been awarded to him during his career.
He graduated from the Army Command and Staff
College, having obtained the psc (passed staff college) degree, in
addition to the successful completion of several other local and
foreign career courses.
Enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army on 05th Feb 1970,
General Sarath Fonseka, was commissioned as a 2 Lieutenant in the 1
Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) which is a prestigious infantry
regiment before he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on
05.02.1973. After successfully completing the Commando Officers
Course in 1973 (India), he entered the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA),
then known as the Army Training College (ATC) at Diyatalawa for
During his distinguished career, he received
promotions to the ranks of Captain (1976), Major (1980), Lieutenant
Colonel (1988), Colonel (1991) and Brigadier (1993) before he was
elevated to the rank of Major General in 1998 while he was serving
as the General Officer Commanding, 55 Division in Mirusuvil.
Similarly, he served as the coordinating officer for North and East,
Kayts and Mandathivu, Polonnaruwa, Commander, Task Force 1, Mannar
Area Headquarters and several other key appointments including the
General Officer Commanding, 22 Division appointment in Trincomalee.
Major General Sarath Fonseka who served as Colonel
of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (twice), held a number of
responsible appointments at the Army Headquarters as Director
General General Staff, Quarter Master General, then Inspector of
Infantry, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (twice)
and later Wanni. He was also appointed the Commandant, Army Command
and Staff College at Sapugaskanda, Commandant at Sri Lanka Army
Volunteer Force (2003-2004), Director General Infantry at Army
Headquarters, Deputy Chief of Staff and afterwards the Chief of
Staff in December 2004.
During his military career, General Fonseka
attended a number of overseas courses, seminars and conferences,
including the ones in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, United States,
United Kingdom and Japan.
In December 2005, he assumed office as the
Commander of the Army on being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
General as the cycle of LTTE terrorism was reaching a critical
As the Commander of the Army, he threw his full
weight behind the success story of the humanitarian operations which
brought durable peace and stability to the country in May 2009.
While the operations to eliminate terrorism were
on after the Mavilaru episode, he survived a suicidal LTTE attack
inside the Army Headquarters in April 2006. Despite serious injuries
he sustained, General Fonseka continued to command the humanitarian
operations after recovery until the war came to an end on 18 May
2009 with the death of the terrorist leader.
In recognition of his services, he was promoted to
the rank of General immediately after the culmination of the war on
18 May 2009 and on 14 July 2009 he was appointed the Chief of
He was later cashiered from the Army and
imprisoned after he was found guilty in two Army tribunals. Having
served more than two years of his jail term, General Fonseka was
finally released in May 2012. He afterwards took to politics.
Courtesy : Army Media