Court issues arrest warrant on Dhammaloka Thera

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Colombo Additional Magistrate yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera of Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Polhengoda for not appearing in Court on two occasions in connection with a private plaint filed against him for allegedly using loudspeakers in a manner causing nuisance.

When the case came up before Additional Magistrate Dulani Amarasinghe, Dhammaloka Thera was not present in Court and the Additional Magistrate was compelled to issue warrants against the Thera. Further magisterial inquiry was put off for April 5.

On December 6, 2016, the Court issued a conditional order preventing Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera from using loudspeakers in a manner of causing nuisance at Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Polhengoda between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The Court had made this order taking into consideration a private plaint filed by six parties including former Minister Milinda Moragoda and Centre for Environmental Justice alleging that loudspeakers used by Ven.Uduwe Dhammaloka at Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Polhengoda was causing annoyance and disturbance to the residents.

Through this private plaint, the six complainants sought the Court’s jurisdiction to prevent noise pollution taking place in the area in terms of section 98 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The six complainants Gavinda Jayasinghe, Dr.Kalinga Kaluperuma, Diren R. Halok, Milinda Moragoda, Kamalesh Johnpillai and Centre for Environmental Justice informed Court that they were compelled against their will to listen to the amplified sounds which emanate from the loudspeakers at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple.

They said the authorities have turned a blind eye to their complaints made on several occasions.

Senior Counsel Ravindranath Dabare with counsel Sudath Atapattu appeared for the Centre for Environmental Justice.