A private plaint filed by animal rights activist Lalani Perera, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance and the Butchers Ordinance consequent to the mass slaughter of animals last August at the Sri Bhadrakali Amman Kovil in Munneswaran at its annual festival, was taken up for hearing at the Magistrate’s Court Chilaw on April 26.
Two trustees of the Kovil have been cited as respondents.
When the case was last taken up on January 25, counsel for the respondents said charges of this nature could not be maintained and he would be raising a preliminary objection. Harshana Nanayakkara, counsel for the plaintiff who appeared with Lakshman Wewalwala said the argument was baseless and he would reply when the case was next taken up.
Court granted time until April 26 to file objection
When the case was called on that day defence counsel sought further time to file written submissions and Court ordered they be filed by May 24.