Alleged contempt of Court SC orders Ranjan’s voice recording be produced

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-11-22 11:20:39

The Supreme Court yesterday ordered that the voice recording of Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, where he had allegedly been critical of the judiciary, be produced in Court on 14 December.

Ramanayake appeared in Court yesterday for a case in which he has been accused of contempt of Court.

Attorney-at-law M.A. Sumanthiran informed the Court that there wasn't sufficient evidence to issue summons on Ramanayake.

The case related to Ramanayake having allegedly criticized the country's judiciary, judges and lawyers was taken up by a three-Judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, PC, Justices Eva Wanasundera, PC and Vijith Malalgoda PC. Counsel Sumanthiran, who appeared on behalf of Ramanayake, told the Court that as there wasn't sufficient reasons to issue summons on his client, they would need to compile written submissions related to the case.

Later, Attorneys Rasika Dissanayake and Nilantha Kumarage, who appeared for the petitioners, requested the Court to call for the video footage of the media briefing held by Ranjan Ramanayake, where he is alleged to have spoken in a derogatory manner about the Judicial system and the lawyers. The Bench acceded to that request.

The petitions were filed by Magalkande Sudaththa and a retired Air Force officer.
The petitioners had stated that the Deputy Minister, in making a comment to the media on 21 August, had claimed that a majority of the country's Judges and lawyers were corrupt. They claimed that a MP making such a statement had led to the public losing confidence in the country's judicial system and hence they sought a ruling that the Deputy Minister had committed an act which was tantamount to contempt of Court.

The case is to be next heard on 14 December.



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