Sept 10, Colombo: The Supreme Court Tuesday ordered to hear two petitions filed against the President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to pardon and release the general secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organization Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero on 5th December.
The President on 23 May 2019 granted a presidential pardon to the hardline Buddhist monk, who was serving a six year jail sentence for contempt of court.
The two petitions filed by Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the Center for Policy Alternatives state that the President's decision to pardon the monk was in violation of the Constitution.
When the petitions were taken up today before a three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising justices Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda, the bench ordered that the petition be called on the 5th of December to affirm the facts.
The petitioners in their petition point out that the Appeal Court sentenced the Venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera to six years rigorous imprisonment for contempt of court.
They request the apex court to rule that the President's decision to grant a common pardon to a person serving such a sentence is a violation of the Constitution and through the decision the petitioners' fundamental rights are violated.