By Ishara Rathnakara
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya issued a warrant for the arrest of General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organization Venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera yesterday (8), who was not present in Court despite a Court Order being issued for his presence in Court for hearings in connection with violation of a Court Order by participating in a protest…… demonstration opposite the Bribery Commission offices in Colombo.
Cinnamon Gardens Police informed Court that the notice issued by Court, informing the monk that he should be present in Court on the 8th, was handed over to the Monk on 28th April. However it was disclosed in Court that this monk is in overseas at the moment.
When the case was taken-up for hearing in Court, the monks, Venerable Murutteutuwe Ananda thera, Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa thera, Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka thera, Ven. Vitharandeniye Nanda thera, Ven. Ahungalle Siri Jinananda thera, Ven. Biyagama Susil thera, and Ven. Vatinapaha Somananda thera were present in Court. Dullas Alahapperuma, Janaka Priyantha Bandara, Sarath Weerasekera, Roshan Ranasinghe, Jayantha Ketagoda, Uditha Loku Bandara, Gamini Lokuge, Bandula Gunawardena, S. M. Chandrasena, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Prasanna Ranatunga, Udaya Gammanpila, Roger Seneviratne, Jagath Kumara, Sunil Jayamini, Upali Kodikara, Madhu Madhawa Aravinda and Ajantha Liyanage who had also been issued with notices were present in Court.
Attorney-at-Law Hussein Azar who presented facts to Court when the case was taken-up for hearing, also informed the magistrate that the former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had also joined the protestors opposite the Bribery Commission and had delivered a speech thanking the protestors.
Lawyer Hussein Azar also informed Court that he had lodged a complaint with the Cinnamon Gardens Police requesting that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who joined the protest that was staged in violation of a Court Order, should also be summoned to Court and a notice issued to that effect.
The Chief Magistrate ordered the Police to conduct an inquiry regarding the relevant complaint and instructed them to submit a separate complaint regarding Media Secretary to the National Freedom Front Mohammed Muzzamil who had made a statement suggesting that the Court Order be thrown out and returned to Court.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today granted bail to 27 suspects including ten MPs who were produced in Court for contempt of court. They were identified as those who took part in a demonstration outside the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on April 20 when former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived to record a statement.