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* No drivers' licenses for Sri Lankan Buddhist monks, court decides
Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 11:51 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has decided that the Buddhist monks in the island country should not have drivers' licenses.

The Appeal Court of Sri Lanka Monday rejected three petitions filed by Buddhist monks against a decision taken by the Motor Traffic Department to refuse issuing driving licenses for monks.

The petitioning monks have requested the court to nullify the decision taken by the Motor Traffic Commissioner to reject their applications for obtaining drivers' licenses

Ven. Dr. Paravaahaera Wimalawansa of Sri Shaakyamuni Buddhist Temple in Waskaduwa, Ven. Bodaagama Seelawimala of Sri Susilaramaya in Malambe and Ven. Biyagama Somarathana of Hokandara Ganeywatta Buddhist Temple filed the petition.

Issuing its decision, the Court of Appeal noted that issuing driving licenses to monk's could harm Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the Court has a duty under the Sri Lankan constitution to protect Buddhism.

The petitioners had named the Motor Traffic Commissioner, the Commissioner of Buddhist Activities and several others as the respondents.

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