Four restrained from acting against Diyawadana Nilame
Colombo District Judge Sisira Ratnayake yesterday issued an enjoining
order restraining four including Ven. Kolonne Siri Shantha Vijaya Thera
from holding press conferences and meetings that would defame the
Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara.
The Court issued the order after Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of
tooth relic-Kandy Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara filed a plaint before the
Colombo District Court alleging that the defendants spread false stories
of a defaming nature.
Plaintiff cited Ven. Kolonne Siri Shantha Vijaya Thera, Ven.
Sumangala Thera, B.U.Dias Wasgamuwa and Upali Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd as
Nilanga Dela Bandara stated that first second and third defendants
were the President, Secretary and Chief Organiser of the Movement for
Protection of the National Resources respectively. He stated that they
made false complaints at the Buddhist Affairs Commissioner General and
at the Bribery Commission that 25 gold plated Buddha statues in the
Temple of Tooth Relic were missing.
He stated that those Buddha statues were supposed to be handed over
to the temples that had no Buddha statues under the supervision of the
Chief incumbents of the Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters. Although those
statues were not missing, the false news was carried in the Island
Newspaper published by the fourth defendant on July 4, 2008.
Further plaintiff stated that later he was informed by the Deputy
Commissioner of Buddhist Affairs that the matter had been informed to
the Human Rights Commission.
Later the first three defendants held a press conference in this
regard at the Darma Vijaya Foundation on June 20, 2008. It was published
in the Island and Divaina Newspapers.
Dela Bandara pleaded before the Court to issue an enjoining order to
refraining the defendants from holding any meetings or press conference
that defamed him.
He also pleaded to declare that the first three defendants' action
defamed the plaintiff and the fourth defendant acted to prove their
action. Plaintiff also claimed Rs 500 million as damages.