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Ven. Gnanasara Thera’s pardon:

FR filed by Sandhya Ekneligoda fixed for support

The fundamental rights petition filed by Sandhya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, seeking an order toquash the decision to pardon Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera by the President in respect of the conviction and sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal, was yesterday fixed for support by the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya fixed the petition to be taken up for support on September 10.

The Attorney General yesterday sought further time to obtain instructions from the respondents in the petition.

The petitioner further sought a declaration that granting of pardon to Ven. Gnanasara Thera is unconstitutional and contrary to Article 12(1) of the Constitution.

Filing this petition through Counsel Manjula Balasuriya, the petitioner further sought a declaration that her fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 10, 12(1), 13(4) and 14(1)(a) have been violated.

The petitioner had cited the Attorney General, Ven. Gnanasara Thera, Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale and several others as respondents.

Ven. Gnanasara Thera was jailed for six years after being found guilty of contempt of court over his conduct during a court hearing regarding the case of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.

On May 23, Gnanasara Thera was released from Welikada Prison after receiving a letter from the Presidential Secretariat granting him a pardon. On October 5, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal judgement that found Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera guilty over his contemptuous behaviour inside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court on January 25, 2016.

On August 2018, Ven. Gnanasara Thera was sentenced to 19 years’ rigorous imprisonment to be served concurrently within six years, by the Court of Appeal, over his contemptuous behaviour inside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court.


 

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