Pepiliyane Padmasiri Ranjith Adhikaram inherited the right to function;  SC determines

Pepiliyane Padmasiri Ranjith Adhikaram inherited the right to function; SC determines

Pepiliyane Padmasiri Ranjith Adhikaram inherited the right to function; SC determines

Written by Bella Dalima

04 Apr, 2014 | 8:34 pm

The Supreme Court issued a determination on Friday that Pepiliyane Padmasiri Ranjith Adhikaram, has inherited the right to function as the Shaman of the Ruhunu Katharagama Maha Devalaya.

The court issued its determination after considering an appeal that had been filed by the Basnayaka Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya, Shashindra Rajapaksa.

The determination was issued by a three-judge bench comprising of Supreme Court justices Shirani Thilakawardena, Chandra Ekanayake and Priyasad Depp.

Padmasiri Ranjith Adhikaram, first filed a case in a District Court in 1997, claiming that he had an inherited right to perform rituals at the Ruhunu Kataragama Devalaya, and that he had been deprived of this right.

Adhikaram had to face eleven court hearings when Yasasiri Kasthuriarachchi and Pradeep Nilanga Dela, functioned as the Basnayaka Nilames of the temple, before winning the right to conduct rituals at the temple.

The final verdict of the court had been that Adhikaram should be allowed to function as Shaman at the temple for a period of one month, every year.

However, the Basnayaka Nilames did not align themselves with the court’s verdict and filed an appeal.

Rejecting this appeal on Friday, the Supreme Court determined that Adhikaram has an inherited right to function as the Shaman of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya.

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