Investigations conducted into the bank accounts of Rajangane Saddharathana Thera, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded, revealed that he received Rs.80 million from a bank account in Guatemala.
The CID has launched further investigations to find out whether drug traffickers in Guatemala have sent this amount.
Preliminary investigations revealed that a person named ‘Pinsiri’ in England has sent this amount to develop the temple.
A Television actor is also behind this money transaction, it was reported.
The investigators of the CID had visited the temple to find out whether any development activities had been implemented.
However, it was revealed that not even Rs.5 million has been spent on the development of the temple.
The Thera had withdrawn Rs.8 million in five thousand rupee notes from two bank accounts in Anuradhapura and distributed them among the villagers.
These money transactions were done by the Thera and the actor.
Saddharathana Thera was arrested on May 28 on charges of making statements which are detrimental to religious harmony and insulting the mother of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Source – Aruna