The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today arrested the Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera on charges of illegally keeping a baby elephant in his possession.
The CID arrested the Ven. Thera at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Polhengoda this afternoon.
Earlier, the Thera had filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an Interim Order preventing the Police from arresting him.
Last month, the Attorney General directed the CID to arrest Ven. Uduwe Thera and produced before the Court for keeping the baby elephant at the Temple illegally.
The CID informed Court that they had enough evidence to file a case against the Ven. Thera under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.
Wildlife Department officers had raided the temple on January 28, 2015 and found a two-and-half-year-old elephant calf and took it into custody.
The Ven. Thera had not been able to produce any documents that gave him permission to keep the elephant calf, according to the CID.
The Thera had been asked to give a statement to the CID on January over the charges. However, the Thera had admitted himself to a private hospital, without reporting to the CID and later they had record his statement at the hospital.
The Ven. Uduwe Thera said at a news conference last month that he only nurtured the elephant calf that was abandoned at his temple.(Darshana Sanjeewa)
Hail Yahapalanaya !!! All the rogues in robes should be arrested.
Ryan Hudson Wednesday, 09 March 2016 01:49 PM
Law should be fair to all.
deen Wednesday, 09 March 2016 05:44 PM
Its no fun up keeping an elephant legaly or illegaly when their are thousands being killed in the wild by people, CID should arrest them as well, as per my view ,the priest should be commended for this act.
Thanos Wednesday, 09 March 2016 05:45 PM
Another one bites the dust!
Citizen Wednesday, 09 March 2016 07:09 PM
The law should and must be the same for all. The guilty should be punished irrespective of their race religion or political affiliations. If no one is above the law and if law and justice prevails then how come that unbailable offenders are bailed out via DM Android App
gayan Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:10 PM
Boomarang might come earlier then you think.
Bandula Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:24 PM
Hopefully the elephants bottom is safe now. via DM Android App
onlooker Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:57 PM
Yes, courtesy Hirunika, champika etc.
onlooker Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:59 PM
How about rogues at wilpattu and the East?
Amila. G Thursday, 10 March 2016 05:38 AM
Intruding and distroying Willpattu Jungle , the culprit Minister goes Scot free. What a crime , what a shame.