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Don’t delay our court cases - Maha Sangha

Long delays in the hearing and concluding of cases relating to Buddhist temples is causing great inconvenience to the Maha Sangha and as such, systematic action should be taken to conclude such cases speedily, Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Maha Nayake Thera said.

The Mahanayake Thera made these remarks while delivering an anusasana when the newly appointed Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya called on him at his viharaya in Kandy on Saturday to obtain his blessings.

The Mahanayake Thera said a programme to expedite cases relating to temples introduced earlier lasted only for a short period and such cases were getting delayed once again.

The Ven. Thera citing an example said a bhikku resident in Kandy owned a plot of land relating to a case pending in a Colombo court.

The bhikku concerned had requested court that the case be heard in a Kandy court instead of in Colombo and his appeal for the transfer of the case to Kandy was being heard for the last 12 years without decision.

During this period, two bhikkhus on whom the ownership had devolved had passed away.

He said that since there were times when decisions taken by the Sangha Sabha led by him regarding temple disputes were not accepted, they were forced to refer such cases to the courts.

The Mahanayake Thera said there was a system earlier to hear cases relating to the Maha Sangha in the afternoon for their convenience, but this too had been discontinued. Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya said a programme to hear such cases in the Kandy High Court could be devised after discussions. If that programme proved successful, it could be extended to courts in other parts of the country too, he said.

The Chief Justice said the speedy hearing of cases was getting delayed due to the large number of cases in courts daily. 


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