Temple priest, wife released on bail

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 October 1999, 18:38 GMT]
Munneswaram Temple Chief Priest Balasubramaniam Iyer and his wife Annapoorany Sarma were released on Rs 20,000/= surety each by the Chilaw Magistrate S.Koballawa yesterday. They were ordered to report to the Chilaw Police every Sunday.

Attorney-at Law K.Jeyakumar appeared for the couple. Chilaw Police OIC S.Tennakoon appeared for the prosecution.

Earlier the Attorney General acting under Section 54 (I) of the Emergency Regulations gave sanction to release the couple on bail.

This was sequel to a direction by the Supreme Court that heard their fundamental rights application to look into the matter.

The fundamental rights application of the couple priests filed through their Counsel Mrs. Gowry Shankary Thavarasa challenged their arrest and detention. Their fundamental rights application was supported by Attorney at Law P.Sivaloganathan.

The Supreme Court Bench comprised Justice Priyantha Perera, Justice D.P.S Gunasekera, and Justice Ameer Ismail.


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