Court issues notice on Sannasgala, Chathuranga

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Manjula Rathnayake on Friday (29) issued notice on two suspects, namely K. Kapuge Srinath Chathuranga and Upul Shantha Sannasgala, to appear in Court on 20 May.

The two were named as suspects on the instructions of the Attorney General and on charges of defaming Buddhism and denigrating the Buddha, via the printing and distribution of a controversial book.

The CID informed the Court, that they had begun a probe into a complaint lodged with them, on 20 August four years ago, by then Minister of Cultural Affairs Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.

According to the complaint, the former Minister charged that the two suspects had printed and distributed copies of a book titled ‘Budunge Rasthiyaduwa’ and alleged that its contents had both disparaged Buddhism and defamed the image of Lord Buddha.

The CID stated that, they had submitted their findings to the AG for perusal.

They added that the AG informed them, that both Chathuranga and Sannasgala, should be named as suspects, as their actions had violated Provisions contained in Section 291 of the Penal Code.

Taking the submissions into consideration, Magistrate Rathnayake noticed the two suspects to be present in Court on the said date.

By Hansi Nanayakkara