Posted on 07.16.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Supreme Court decided to hear the Fundamental Rights Petition on September 10, filed for the release of Gnanasara Thera who was convicted of contempt of court alleged during the hearings on allegations of defamation of Sandya Eknaligoda.
The petition was filed by Sandya Eknaligoda against the Presidential pardon of the Secretary General of the Bodu Bala Sena organization, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera who was serving a severe sentence of contempt of court.
Petitioner’s counsel was instructed to submit notices to all respondents, as all the respondents in the petition except the Attorney General have not received notice of the petition.
Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero who was sentenced by the Court of Appeal to 19 years in prison for contempt of court has been granted a pardon by the President.
The petition sought to declare that provisions of fundamental rights had been violated as a result of the decision to release the Thera on a Presidential pardon.