Upul Shantha Sannasgala and Srinath Chathuranga, two Sinhala lecturers appearing in court in connection with the alleged printing and distribution of a book titled ‘Buddha’s Rastriyaduwa’ insulting the Buddha and Buddhism, have been ordered to be released on Rs. 50,000 bail each by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amarasinghe today (20).
This order was issued when the duo appeared in court today (20) based on the notice issued to appear in court on April 29th.
The Magistrate also ordered the investigating officers to submit a report to the court after conducting investigations into the incident and obtaining the advice of the Attorney General.
The case was adjourned until September 9th.
The Attorney General has instructed that those who wrote, printed and distributed the book ‘Budunge Rasthiyaduwa’ be named as suspects in this case. The facts were presented to the court on the 29th by the Criminal Intelligence Analysis and Prevention Division
The investigations were initiated based on a complaint lodged by former minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksha on August 20th 2018 stating that the Buddha was insulted and humiliated in a very low and humiliating manner in this book and that the whole of Buddhism was insulted by it.