Ordered a report on allegations raised against the Diyawadana Nilame

Diyawadana Nilane  Dela was accused of selling traditional temple Rajakariya lands of the Dalada Maligawa to two property developers contravening the Service Tenant Ordinance.
It was reported then that Nilanga Dela single-handedly decided on the lifetime value of Rajakariya for two lands and allowed property developers to sell the Rajakariya lands without any restrictions.
 
Polgodahena and Udagedarawatte are two Rajakariya lands that belong to Dalada Maligawa. Both these lands were blocked and sold without informing the buyers that they are Rajakariya lands nor were they given any Rajakariya deeds.
 
Diyawadana Nilame on Friday the newspaper was told that he was out of the country.  Minister of Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, has ordered a report on allegations raised against the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Nilanga Dela Bandara.
 
The report was sought following allegations raised that Nilanga Dela Bandara had signed deeds to sell historic land in the Kandy area.
 
Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs, Nimal Kotawala told that the Kandy Commission of Buddhist Affairs has been instructed to conduct inquiries into the allegations and submit a report tomorrow.
 
Kotawala said that the Minister wants to first verify the allegations before further action can be taken. 
 
AshWaru Colombo

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