Jul 11, 2019

CPA FR petition against release of Gnanasara Thero postponed until Sep 10

The fundamental rights petition filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) against the presidential pardon granted to Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera has been postponed until September 10 by the Supreme Court.

This was announced when the petition was taken up before a three-member judge bench of Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Prasanna Jayawardena, and LTB Dehideniya.

The CPA petitioned against the President’s decision to release Gnanasara Thera who was convicted of contempt of court, by citing that such a decision could be damaging to judicial independence.

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, the CPA Executive Director, who filed the petition, had sought a court order declaring that the provisions of fundamental rights had been violated as a result of the decision to release the Thera on a Presidential pardon.