Contempt of court case against Ranjan BASL to support application

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By 2017-11-23

BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY

The Supreme Court is set to entertain the application submitted by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) with regard to the case involving Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and whether statements made by the latter are tantamount to contempt of court.

The BASL previously submitted an affidavit concerning Ramanayake stating that 95% of the country's judges and lawyers are corrupt, to Chief Justice (CJ), President's Counsel (PC) Priyasath Dep.

President of the BASL, Udaya Rohan De Silva PC said that they had met with Dep CJ PC in this regard, and they will join the petitioners, Magalkande Sudaththa and a retired Air Force officer, and support the private and unofficial bar's application, when the case is next taken up for hearing and further proceedings on 14 December.

The case filed by two of the petitioners is presently being heard before a three-member Supreme Court bench including Dep CJ PC, Justices Wanasundera PC and Malalgoda PC and was last heard on 21 November when video evidence pertaining to a press conference conducted by Ramanayake was submitted to the Court.

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