The Sunday Leader

FCID Hands Tied On Allegations Against Dela

by Mahesh Senanayake

The highly controversial Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic) continues to enjoy what could be termed as unwritten immunity because of the lackadaisical approach of the officials of the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department in charge of handling the file No. CR5/27/2015.

This file contains the findings submitted to the AG’s Department for legal opinion by the FCID, which carried out extensive investigations into the allegations levelled against the incumbent Diyawadana Nilame of the sacred temple. The FCID began investigations in May 2015 and questioned Pradeep Nilanga Dela, before filing a case against him in the Magistrate’s Courts of Kandy under the Case No. E 34983/15 in connection to multitude of charges ranging from selling of lands belonging to the Maligawa and committing, aiding and abetting financial irregularities.

It is reported the findings and the charges against Nilanga Dela were submitted to the AG’s Department in August 2015 by the FCID, which have been waiting for nearly a year either to re-commence or drop the case filed in the Kandy Magistrate’s courts upon advice from the AG’s Department.

It is alleged that a leading minister in the present government whose name appeared in the much talked about Avant-garde saga is interfering with the AG’s Department to delay the response because of the influence by his lawyer-son, who is a close friend of the chief incumbent lay custodian of the Dalada
Maligawa.

A national list Cabinet minister who had to vacate the post last year is also said to be in collusion with certain officials of the AG’s Department to retard the process. This leading legal luminary is purportedly a family friend of the Diyawadana Nilame, and his son maintains close ties with controversial Nilame from  Ratnapura. Questions have been raised in various fora, including in Parliament, as to why there has been such a delay in responding to a file duly submitted by the FCID. The attention of the President and the Prime Minster has been drawn to investigate whether these delays are due to political pressure, malpractices of corrupt officials or apparent move to discredit the good governance government, one of whose main election promises was to stop corruption and apprehend the wrongdoers. The incumbent Diyawadane Nilame of the Maligawa, Pradeep Nilanga Dela, has been in the center of criticism and allegations due to his scant attention towards the centuries old traditions and his financial irregularities as well as misuse of properties belonging to the Maligawa. Attention has been drawn to him with regard to the missing gold worth of 9.5 kg from Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Maha Devalaya. The allegation is exclusively reported in our September 11th issue.

 

4 Comments for “FCID Hands Tied On Allegations Against Dela”

  1. Justice

    Deal making rogues seem to abound in the Cabinet and the ruling Party !
    So, what is the President and Prime Minister doing about this ?

  2. Nimal

    They have exploited the religion to make money.Maligawa is big business and why not open the road by the Maligawa so that we could breath easily and ease congestion. Is this farce more important that the people of Kandy. Thanks to the colonials we have the Maligwa who took it of the Dravidian kings and gave us the true independence. DN(DELA) lives in the house built by the British for Sir John Doyle.He is a great man who gave us the modern infrastructure we enjoy today. sadly we have a statute to a bogus General instead of that of Sir John Doyle. This says so much about our culture and history.

  3. messenger

    Political interference in legal cases is a curse. This case must be given priority as this guy is more or less in charge of the care of the tooth relic. Dishonest persons must be routed from the shrine.

  4. Mahen

    The whole lot of them sell Buddhism for their illegal earnings and have no Buddhist principles or spirituality at heart. The whole country pretend to be protecting pristine Buddhism while fooling the world with fraudulent deals under the cloak of religion.

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