The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for support on Oct. 9, the fundamental rights violation petition filed by the Ven. Galabodatte Gnanasara Thera against an alleged illegal arrest by the Homagama police. The petitioner was arrested consequent to a complaint made by Sandya Ekneligoda that he had abused her within the Homagama Court premises for defaming the Sri Lankan soldiers. Ekneligoda complained to the police, who arrested the priest. He was subsequently released on bail. A prosecution against the priest is pending at the Magistrate’s Court of Homagama.
The petitioner requested the Supreme Court to declare he had been unlawfully arrested by the police in violation of his personal liberty.
Manohara de Silva, PC, appeared for the Thera.
Yasantha Kodagoda PC Additional Solicitor General, appeared for the Attorney General.
The bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Priyantha Jayawardene and Justice Anil Gooneratne.