Court rejects Gnanasara Thera’s bail application

2016-01-28 09:17:02

The Homagama Magistrate today rejected the bail application submitted on behalf of the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary the Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera, who was remanded till February 9 on the charge of contempt of court.

Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake said it was quite evident that the suspect’s act of contempt of court was pre-panned and had undermined the people’s sovereignty. He said he was not scared of any threat and that he would not change his decision even at gun point.

Attorney Sumudu Kantha Hewage had submitted the bail application last morning.

Lawyers appearing for the Thera he had been involved in the incident due to his young age and his sentiments for the nation and the religion and that it was not pre-panned. They moved for the Thera's release on conditional bail.

Attorney Sudath Wickeremaratne representing the Homagama Bar Association objected to the release of the Thera that saying he got involved through ignorance of the law was not an admissible plea.

He told Court the suspect had been released earlier on the charge of breach of civil law and that he was responsible for creating Sinhala-Muslim clashes in Beruwala which wreaked havoc in Dharga Town, Beruwela.

The Attorney said he was not prepared to call the suspect a Buddhist monk and insult the Buddhist monks of high calibre who upheld their dignity. He said he would like to introduce the suspect as a thug in robes and pointed out that the suspect shouted slogans that he would not respect the law of the Brown Sahibs and challenged the Court to arrest him and twenty other Buddhist monks who were with him and even insulted the lawyers representing the Attorney General’s Department. The attorney said they witnessed the behavior of a group of individuals in robes who obstructed the court proceedings on the day the suspect was arrested.

Attorney Shantha Warnakulasuriya appearing for the Thera said the group of individuals who obstructed the case proceedings on Tuesday had not accompanied the suspect.

The Magistrate who rejected the bail application told court that he would not take decisions under pressure of protests or at the instigation of any individual. He pointed out that the causing obstructions to Court proceedings amounted to contempt of court and insulting the state officials to that of obstructing their duty. The Mgistrate said he found no reason to change his order in two days.

He informed the parties to the case that he would refer the case to the Appeal Court or take any other action on the instructions of the Attorney General. (Muditha Dayananda)

  Comments - 13

  • Dancing baby Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:03

    Too much of anything good for nothing..! its a good lession for the baby

    Reply : 6       200

    Putang Ina Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:11

    Very good decision by the magistrate,hats off !

    Reply : 6       254

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:28

    I salute the brave magistrate. good move Sir.

    Reply : 4       139

    Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:29

    Right decision at this hour. Thanks....

    Reply : 3       126

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:31

    Excellent... this is what SriLankan Peace loving people wants.

    Reply : 3       131

    Putang Ina Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:11

    Very good decision by the magistrate,hats off !

    Reply : 1       168

    Veda-mama Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:05

    Magistrate with a "Solid Back Bone". This is exactly what the country needs.

    Reply : 2       152

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:37

    Great Gentleman with guts.

    Reply : 1       111

    Dingimahattaya Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:07

    Everyone should respect the law and orderDingi

    Reply : 1       102

    Nina Kamal Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:29

    Annei Sadu!

    Reply : 2       84

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:40

    Lawyer can apply and get bail from Colombo High Court.

    Reply : 56       5

    Lanka Thursday, 28 January 2016 19:05

    Finally, we see some progress.

    Reply : 2       80

    usoof Friday, 29 January 2016 08:58

    it is better to die on feet than on knees

    Reply : 2       2

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