The Supreme Court yesterday halted five petitions filed by Buddhist monks seeking permission to obtain driving licence.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and Justices Shirani Thilakawardena and Saleem Marsoof made the order following an application filed by the Commissioner of Motor Traffic. Earlier Ven. Paragoda Wimalawansa Thera filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal asking that the Commissioner of Motor Traffic be given an order to issue him an application for a driving licence. The Commissioner of Motor Traffic filed a counter affidavit against it. Court having gone through the submission filed by both parties rejected the counter affidavit of the Commissioner and allowed the application by the Ven. Wimalawansa Thera.
Aggrieved by the Court of Appeal order, the Commissioner of Motor Traffic asked for special leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. When it was supported before the Supreme Court, the court ordered to suspend the hearing of the five other cases filed by five monks asking for driving licence. The case will be taken up on October 8.