9:01 AM

Monk discharged from remand

The Supreme Court yesterday discharged from remand custody, the Ven. Pannala Pragnaloka Thera, the Chief Priest of Welikadawatte Temple, Rajagiriya, who was remanded by the Supreme Court on September 1, for failing to answer its summons.

Counsel Prassanthalal de Alwis submitted to the Supreme Court a motion filed on behalf of Ven. Pannala Pragnaloka by a brother thero of the same temple, the Ven. Hikkgala Udayadhamma Thera asking for the release of the thera.

A letter dated September 7, 2008 attached to the motion said that the Ven. Pannala Pragnaloka Thera had been produced before the Magistrate on a complaint of sound pollution caused by the use of unauthorized amplifiers in the temple. The suspect had been told to appear before the Supreme Court, but the due date had not been clearly indicated.

Hence, Ven. Pragnaloka Thera, had been unable to answer summons of the Supreme Court, last Monday. The letter also said that Pragnaloka Thera had no knowledge about the group of monks who had come to Court last Monday and had failed to curtsy the judges when the judges came on the Bench. The letter said that the Ven. Pragnaloka Thera respected the law and respected the Court. The unauthorized amplifiers used in the temple will not be used in future. The Bench comprised the Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva Justice Shirani Tilakawardene and Justice N. G. Amaratunga.