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* Supreme Court to consider Gnanasara Thera's petition on June 22
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 06:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 14, Colombo: The Supreme Court has fixed June 22 to hear the Fundamental Rights petition filed by the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organization Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera.

The controversial Buddhist monk has filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an interim order preventing his arrest.

The Thera in his petition, submitted through his lawyers, had stated that the Organized Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD), which is currently conducting investigations into several incidents of alleged communal disharmony, is preparing to arrest him before those investigations are completed.

The two member bench led by the Chief Justice will take up the petition on the 22nd of June.

The OCPD and three others have been cited as respondents.

An arrest warrant was issued against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera recently on charges of obstructing police duties, threatening police officers, instilling disunity amongst the public and spewing hateful sentiments.

The Thera, whose organization is believed to be behind the attacks on Muslim establishments, is reportedly hiding in a safe location.

 


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