Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today issued arrest warrant against Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera for not appearing before court over two of his on going cases at the Fort Magistrate's Court.
When the two inquiries into the allegations of defaming Quran and assaulting on a Jathika Bala Sena media conference in 2014 were taken into consideration, the Thera was not present in court yesterday at the Fort Magistrate’s Court.
The two counsel appeared on behalf of the Thera in both inquiries justified the absence of their client due to death threats received to him and the possibility of being arrested if appeared.
Considering the contradictory reasons given by Thera's counsel Magistrate Jayaratne issued arrest warrants saying that the reasons given were not satisfactory.
BBS General Secretary, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera was the only suspect into the first case while the Thera and some other monks were also suspects in the other case.(Shehan Chamika Silva)