Buddhist groups protest in Lanka over monk's prison uniform
Buddhist monks groups held street protests at different parts of the country calling for President Maithripala Sirisena's attention to grant the monk a presidential pardon and release him.
Some Buddhist groups have raised a cry over Gnanasara's arrest. A scholar monk representing one of the Buddhist monk sects wrote to the Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale crying foul over prison authorities' action to "disrobe" Gnanasara. Atukorale in her response has said that all are equal before the law and anyone sentenced to jail must obey the provisions in the Prisons Act.
Gnanasara led anti-Muslim minority hatred during the former regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Muslims accused the then government of protecting him.
With the change of the regime Gnanasara's high handed action came in for accountability.
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