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Atamasthanadhipathi asked to appear in court over vehicle dispute

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A businessman from Anuradhapura has filed a petition in the court seeking a ruling to hand him over the legal ownership of two luxury jeeps that were used by former Atamasthanadhipathi Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera, who passed away two months ago.

Anuradhapura District Judge and Additional Magistrate Nadika D. Piyaratne who considered the petition issued summons ordering three monks including the current Atamasthanadhipathi and veteran lyricist Ven.Pallegama Hemarathana Thera, and the Atamasthana Working Committee to appear in the court on February 8.

The Judge further ordered the respondents to file objections related to this case on or before that date.

Pelimuhandiram Appuhamilage Chandananda, a businessman at No:3, A2 A 260, Nidahas Mawatha, Isurupura, Anuradhapura, has named Hemarathana Thera, K. Gnanasiri Thera and Anuradhapura Old Town’s Thuparamadhikari Gnaninda Thera and the Atamasthana Working Committee as the respondents in this petition, which has been filed by lawyer Dasuni Kumarasinghe.

The petitioner said that he had a close relationship with Pallegama Siriniwasa Thera for a period of 19 years.

The petitioner said that Siriniwasa Thera, who held the position of Atamasthandhipathi for more than 25 years, passed away on October 18, 2022. Whenever the Thera was ill, the petitioner said he took care of him by looking into treatment and providing necessary services.

The petitioner who states that he is the person who took care of the Thera until the time of his death, also said the Thera bought several properties with his personal wealth.  During these purchases, he said Siriniwasa Thera sought his assistance and guidance.

When the Thera fell seriously ill in the first week of October 2022, Siriniwasa Thera had called him and informed him to arrange a meeting with the lawyer who is handling the Thera’s legal affairs.

The petitioner said the lawyer visited the private hospital in Colombo where the Thera was receiving treatment and signed transfer documents for the suv type jeep bearing number NC/CAW/1310 and the Toyota Land Cruiser type jeep bearing number NC/CBL/5353. He said Siriniwasa Thera instructed him to take good care of these vehicles after handing over their ownership to him.

Accordingly, he said he submitted these documents to the Department of Motor Traffic to legally change the ownership of the vehicles.

The petitioner said the respondents have informed the Commissioner General of Motor Traffic not to transfer the ownership of the vehicles by providing false facts that the vehicles in question are not the private property of late Siriniwasa Thera but the Atamasthana.

Source – Aruna

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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