HRC wants Diyawadana Nilame removed, pending audit report

By Shane Seneviratne

The Human Rights Commission has recommended a full audit on the Dalada Maligawa assets and the appointment of an acting Diyawadana Nilame.

The order was issued by the HRC after Chairman of the Movement to Protect National Assets Ven. Kolonne Siri Shantha Vijaya Thera filed a petition alleging that the Diyawadana Nilame, Nilanga Dela Bandara distributed 25 gold plated Lord Buddha statues without proper authority.

The petitioner had cited the Commissioner General of the Department of Buddhist Affairs, the Deputy Commissioner of the Kandy Regional Office of the Department of Buddhist Affairs, Secretary to the Buddhist Affairs Ministry, the Auditor General and the Public Trustee as respondents. The statues were a gift to Sri Lanka from a Thai prince.

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