The Colombo Fort Magistrate on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary
for not being present in Court in connection with two cases filed against him.
In one Court case, BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera and seven others had been named as the suspects in connection withÂ disrupting a media conference organised by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) at the Nippon Hotel on April 9, 2014.
In the other case, the prosecutors alleged that the BBS General Secretary had allegedly made a defamatory statement against Islam and the Holy Quran on April 12, 2014 near the Slave Island police station.
When the two cases were taken up before Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, Ven. Gnanasara Thera was not present in Court. Accordingly, Court issued warrant for the arrest of the suspect.
Presidentâ€™s Counsel Tirantha Walaliyadda appearing for Gnanasara thera informed Court that his client was not present since he has death threats.
However,Counsel Sudarshani Gunaratne,also appearing for the suspect, informed Court that a number of police teams have been deployed to arrest her client.
After taking into account the different point of views of the two Defence Counsel,the Magistrate observed that all were equal before the law irrespective of their status.She further said no one can evade courts citing he has death threats or going to be arrested by police.
Meanwhile,the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) informed Court that they have sought the Attorney Generalâ€™s instructions regarding the cases.
In their complaints to the Police, more than eight individuals alleged that the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary had made a defamatory statement to the media regarding Islam and the Holy Quran. They requested Police to take necessary legal action against the monk.