No Bail

September 5, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Sarath Silva Friday refused bail for a Buddhist monk and slammed fellow clergymen for not showing respect to the judiciary. The monk was earlier this week remanded until September 15 when he will answer charges of using loud hailers after 10:00 pm in violation of new sound pollution regulations. The chief justice pulled up dozens of monks for not showing respect to judges as they entered the court house to hear a bail application by Pannala Panyaloka, a monk accused of sound pollution.

The monks refused a request from the chief justice to leave the court and re-enter after showing due respect by bowing their heads, a court official said.

“The chief justice felt that the monks insulted the judiciary. He refused the bail application because of the behaviour of the monks who turned up in his support,” the official said.