Senaratne said that it is clear Gnanasara Thero is behind some of the latest incidents targeting Muslims.
The cabinet spokesman said that Gnanasara Thero cannot be compared to Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.
He said that while everything Wigneswaran says cannot be accepted, he has never called for attacks on the Sinhalese community.
However Gnanasara Thero has been accused of making public statements calling for attacks on Muslims, the Minister said.
The BBS says Gnanasara Thero is in hiding as there is an alleged threat to his life.
The Police had said two weeks ago that Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero is to be arrested for obstructing Police duty and over several other complaints.
A court order had been obtained preventing the controversial monk from leaving the country. (Colombo Gazette)