Wednesday, 03 December 2014 - 8:01
Do not protect gambling centres: an advice from court to police.
The Tambuttegama Acting Magistrate Buddhika Lewke Bandara severely warned police yesterday not to misuse the judiciary system to guard gambling dens.
The Magistrate stated that the police action by seeking a court order to protect a gambling den was contravened to the provisions of the Penal Code.
The Tambuttegama police sought an injunction preventing 5 persons including 3 Buddhist monks for harassing the operators of a betting center at Tambuttegama neighborhood and damaging its property.
The Tambuttegama police informed the Magistrate that U.W. Sumathipala and Company has been operating Race by Race betting centers in various towns in the country by paying 5 percent tax to the government.
Police informed the court that the same company has been running such a betting center in Tambuttegama town as well and a group of persons including 3 Buddhist monks have prepared to harm the employees of the betting centers and its property.
Police has petitioned the court to issue a restraining order against these three prelates, Tambuttegama Chamber of Commerce chairman and the Three-Wheeler Union Chairman to prevent these activities.
Acting Tambuttegama Magistrate Buddhika Levke Bandara considering the presented submissions said that it was not the responsibility of the police to try to illegally use the court for protecting betting centres.
The Magistrate also said that if an illegal action occurred in a place, it was the duty of the police to probe it, enforce the law, arrest the suspects and produce them before court.
A group of Buddhist monks of the area staged a protest on last 26th afternoon demanding that the Race by Race Centre be removed from its current site.
On this occasion they gave a week’s ultimatum for removing the centre from the current site.
Tambuttegama Sangha Security Council Registrar Venerable Maenikkhinne(y) Dheeraananda Thero expressing his views to the media: