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No show by Ven. Gnanasara Thera

 Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera was not present in Court yesterday regarding a Contempt of Court action filed against him over his alleged offensive behaviour inside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court and the Court was informed that Gnanasara thera was not appearing since he has death threats.

The Court of Appeal observed that Court will have to issue a warrant against the accused if he failed to appear in Court on next inquiry date.

President’s Counsel Tirantha Walaliyadda with Counsel Sasika Mithunaarachchi appearing on behalf of Gnanasara thera told Court that their client was not appearing in Courts since he has received death threats.

However, on a previous occasion, counsel who appeared on behalf of Gnanasara thera tendered a medical certificate to Court informing that Gnanasara thera was being treated at a hospital for an illness.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya appearing for the Attorney General moved Court to issue a warrant for the arrest of accused for not appearing in Court on several occasions citing various reasons.

The Court of Appeal Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Devika Tennakoon observed that they would not issue a warrant against the accused but Court wanted the accused to be present in Court on July 18, 19 and 20.

On a previous occasion, the Court of Appeal decided to overrule the preliminary objections raised by Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera against the amended charge sheet.

Former Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake had referred this Contempt of Court action to the Court of Appeal since it is vested with powers to inquire into such a complaint.

On a previous occasion, the Attorney General filed the amended charge sheet comprising four counts alleging that the accused had committed a punishable offence which comes under Article 105 of the constitution.

Earlier a charge sheet signed by Court of Appeal’s President Judge had been served on the accused.

In a surprising turn of events, on January 25, Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera began to address Open Court after the court hearing pertaining to the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda was over. Later on, Gnanasara Thera was arrested by police on the charges of Contempt of Court, obstructing Court proceedings and intimidating a public servant.

Through this Contempt of Court action, the Homagama Magistrate has sought Appeal Court’s jurisdiction to consider whether the alleged offensive behaviour and utterance of Gnanasara Thera inside the Court amounts to Contempt of Court. He further sought Court’s jurisdiction to take necessary legal action against Gnanasara Thera if the charges leveled against him amounts to Contempt of Court. 


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If the Homagama magistrate Ranga Dissanayake was a true patriot, he would have felt the anger and sadness that Rev Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara himi felt. But we know better. As Anagarika Dharmapla said , too many Sinhala people think like kalu suddhas and become traitors to their own country.I hope Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara himi softens down the way of talking to people but what he says is absoute truth.

Buddhadasa calling the kettle black - accusing others to be "Kalu Suddhas". Buddhadasa, why not write in Sinhala and wear a thong like your ancestors did!


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