Gnanasara Thera in hospital as his case verdict due today

The court of appeal will this morning (08) deliver the verdict in the case pertaining to the contempt of court charge against Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera.

The attorney general filed the case on a complaint in early 2016 by the Homagama magistrate.

A punishable offence

At previous hearings by CA chairman Preethi Padman Surasena and justice Shiran Gunaratne, senior solicitor general Rohantha Abeysuriya noted that disrupting a court proceeding was a punishable offence under the criminal procedure code.

The remarks by Gnanasara Thera to the Homagama magistrate who was hearing the Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance case had amounted to an intimidation of the court, he claimed.

No intention of intimidation

President’s counsel Manohara de Silva, who appears for the Thera, said his client had not committed a punishable offence.

The Thera addressed the court with respect, and asked that the suspect military officers be given bail, said the lawyer.

His remark following the rejection of bail was not made with the intention of inconveniencing or influencing the magistrate, he has noted.

Meanwhile, Gnanasara Thera got admitted to Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital on August 06 for a kidney-related surgery which was due to be performed yesterday.