Written by Staff Writer
12 May, 2014 | 9:57 pm
Former North Western Provincial Councillor Ananda Sarath Kumara who made a teacher kneel before her class at his daughter’s school and caused a controversy was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment today, suspended for seven years.
Puttalam High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando handed down the sentence on Monday.
President’s Counsel Anil Silva, Attorney-at-Law Nadvi Navavi, Attorney-at-Law Thivanka Ekanayake and Attorney-at-Law Rasika Balasuriya appeared for the former provincial councillor in court.
Attorney-at-Law Priyantha Gamage appeared for the plaintiff teacher.
Handing down the sentence, Puttalam High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando ordered the suspect to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 adding that he would serve a prison term of six months in the event of failure to pay the fine.
The court also ordered Ananda Sarath Kumara to pay compensation amounting to Rs.300,000 to the victimised teacher. The court also ordered that he serve a one year prison term if the compensation was not paid by 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. The compensation was subsequently paid to the victim by the former provincial councillor.
The teacher says that she will use this money to establish a scholarship fund for poor children in the area.
The victimised teacher, Susila Shriyani Herath expressed the following views:
“It was ordered that compensation of 300,000 rupees be paid. I have received it. But I was not hoping for the money as compensation. My hope was to show the world the truth as to who was wrong and who was right in this matter and to receive justice. That hope was fulfilled.”
Representatives of several teachers’ unions also gathered at the court premises on Monday waiting for news on the sentencing.
Meanwhile, Former Councillor of North Western PC , Ananda Sarath Kumara expressed following views:
“The media must be very happy about this. The media behaved as if this was the only case in Sri Lanka. How many more cases are being heard?”
On June 14 last year, Former Provincial Councillor Ananda Sarath Kumara had made the teacher in charge of discipline at the Navodya School in Navagaththegama, kneel before students, after the teacher had reprimanded his daughter for her attire.
The councillor was later arrested by the police.
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