By Binoy Suriyaarachchi
A monk who allegedly assaulted Attorney-at Law Sumith Silva in front of the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court was issued a warrant for his arrest in a breach of trust case by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court, today.
The arrest warrant was issued by Colombo Additional Magistrate Tikiri K. Jayatilaka after the Police Fraud Bureau (PFB) informed the Court that Witarandheniye Nanda, a monk attached to the Buddhist center of Kirulapone, Colombo, is refusing to return a car which has been taken on hire basis to its owner.
The PFB said they have revealed that the chassis number of the car has been changed by the monk and subsequently he has refused to give it to its owner.
The complaint was lodged at the PFB by Nimal Chandrasiri the owner of the car who is a resident of Mattegoda area.
Council Paranthaka De Silva appearing on behalf of the plaintiff said that reverent Witarandheniye Nanda was the second suspect in the case regarding assaulting Attorney-at-Law Sumith Silva last March in front of the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court. He said that the monk will be appearing for an identification parade in connection with the incident at the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court on 2 July.
Attorney-at-Law Silva who was appearing for the main suspect in the double murder case of two monks of the Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya was assaulted by an unidentified group of people on 24 March, when he appeared for the main suspect, who was brought to the Gangodawila Court premises for an identification parade.
The case will be heard again on 18 July.