|BBS thuggery at a Press con|
* On 12th April 2014, Ven. Gnanasara Thera, General Secretary of the BBS had made highly derogatory and offensive remarks about Islam and the religious text of the Muslims, allegedly misquoting the Quran, in violation of the Penal Code provisions relating to offences against religion. These remarks had been made in public in the presence of the media, the police and the public in the compound of the Slave Island Police Station. Evidence of these utterances were recorded by the print and electronic media and needs to be called for and examined for instituting appropriate prosecutions by your department.
* Some of the utterances made by Ven. Gnanasara Thera on 9th April and on 12th April constitute serious offences of causing feelings of ill-will and hostility between different communities and religious groups which are criminal acts prohibited by section 2(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, a non-bailable offence punishable with a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of twenty years.
* The offences committed on these and several previous occasions by the BBS and its officials have brought the country and Buddhism into grave disrepute. Since the state is constitutionally obliged to protect Buddhism, the Attorney-General must institute proper legal proceedings against the BBS for bringing into disrepute the Dhamma and the Sangha. There are several instances during the past two years in which serious violations of the law had been publicly and openly taking place watched by millions of people through the electronic media. There were no prosecutions and at times no proper investigations. Offences were compounded in cases where even courts do not have the power to compound as it happened in the case of the illegal raid on Fashion Bug at Pepiliyana. It is the view of the bar that this impunity must end in the larger interest of people of this country. The rule of law must prevail.
* We in the bar will monitor the progress in the above cases closely, as we had done in other instances-We will appreciate if the BASL is kept informed of the progress and for any further assistance you may require in these matters