Chathuranga, Sannasgala enlarged on bail

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amerasinghe on 20 May, ordered two suspects, K. Kapuge Srinath Chathuranga and Upul Shantha Sannasgala, who were produced in Court on charges of printing and distributing a book denigrating the image of The Buddha and degrading Buddhism, to be enlarged on a surety bail of Rs 50,000 each.

The Chief Magistrate ordered the CID to obtain advice from the AG and conduct inquiries into the case, ahead of making further submissions to him at the next hearing.

The two suspects were present in Court, upon being noticed to appear at the previous hearing, held on 29 April.

Chief Magistrate Amerasinghe fixed further hearing of the trial for 9 September.

The CID had made submissions to Court, that the two aforesaid suspects had printed and distributed a controversial book titled ‘Budunge Rasthiyaduwa’ and the AG had instructed to name them as suspects in the trial.

They said former Minister of Cultural Affairs Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC had lodged a complaint with them on 20 August four years ago, that the book printed and distributed by the two suspects, had disparaged Buddhism and degraded the image of The Buddha.

The CID added that they had initiated a probe into it. The CID also prayed the Court to issue notice on them to appear in Court on 20 May.

By Hansi Nanayakkara