Mr. Kumarage was removed from his post over charges of several financial frauds.
During his time as the Kataragama Devalaya Basnayake Nilame, he had borrowed Rs. 16 million from a bank claiming that it was for the Kataragama pageant expenses.
However, due to their inability to pay back this loan, the Kataragama Devalaya administrators are in a dilemma.
The former Nilame is also said to have taken away two of the devalaya vehicles with him.
An audit is being carried out with regard to the expenses and frauds committed by the former Basnayake Nilame and until this investigation is completed his services have been suspended.