President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered police to consult him before arresting Buddhist monks in the future.
He has given the order in view of opposition to the arrest of Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera over the possession of an unlicensed baby elephant.
Meanwhile, a weekend newspaper reports a political conspiracy in the Thera’s lawyers not seeking bail for their client.
The CID arrested him on March 09 and produced him before courts under the public property act.
Had his lawyers Dinesh Dodamgoda and Kanchana Ratwatte applied for bail, the Thera could have been bailed out.
Dodamgoda was close to former UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake, but now works for ex-minister Basil Rajapaska, while Ratwatte engages in politics with Namal Rajapaksa.
Both are members of the joint opposition’s ‘Viyathunge Handa’ and had used this case to promote their political objectives.
They are juniors to president’s counsel Kalinga Indatissa, Uduwe Thera’s lawyer, but he is presently overseas.
These lawyers are conspiring to create a public outcry against the Thera’s imprisonment, and through that to rally support for a public rally to be held by Mahinda Rajapaksa on March 17.