Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Court lifts Travel ban on Gnanasera Thero temporarily

Colombo, Jun 9 (BAN/CD): Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court lifted the travel ban on Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera June 7.

The travel ban has been lifted till August 23 by Additional Magistrate Kanchana de Silva, during a hearing.

In 2017, Gnanasera Thero obstructed two police officers on duty at the Welikada Prison, which resulted in him being banned to travel overseas.

Lawyers sought to suspend the travel ban on behalf of the accused since Thero had received a scholarship in Japan which was valid till 2020. However, the Additional Magistrate said that the travel ban would be lifted only until the next hearing.

Police Organised Crimes Preventive Division has concluded its investigations into the allegations against Thero, the court heard.

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