It was reiterated today that the decisions made by the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter and the Supreme Sangha Council cannot be challenged in the North Central Appeals Court.
Judge of the North Central Appeals Court Nissanka Bandula Karunaratna made this statement in open court after considering the petition filed by the former Chief Prelate of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya.
Former Chief Prelate Namalwawe Rathana-sara Thero had filed the petition requesting the enjoining order which prevented the handling of the assets of the temple and the collection of funds be removed.
This petition was examined by the two member panel of judges comprising of Nissanka Bandula Karunarathna and Sarath Gamini Edirisinghe.
It was decided at the appeals court that the new chief prelate
Walawa–hangunu–wawe Dhamma-rathana Thero be given the authority to handle assets of the temple and the organizing of the Poson festival.
The Judges also informed the petitioner to file any complaints on or before the 11th of June.
Meanwhile… The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today released on bail 112 asylum seekers that were arrested while preparing to board a trawler heading for Australia, after police busted a people-smuggling ring.
A total of 119 persons, including seven people operating the racket, were arrested yesterday during raids carried out in the Galle Face area as well as Negombo.
It is reported that each individual had been charged 200,000 rupees while the aggregate sum has been calculated at 31.6 million rupees.