Contempt of Court case against Ramanayake AG to decide after viewing media briefing video

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By 2018-01-24

By Kavindya Perera

The Supreme Court (SC) decided to hear the contempt of Court case, filed against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, from 6 March onwards.

The SC took this decision on 22 January following the consideration of the petition by a three-Judge Bench comprising Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Anil Guneratne and Vijith K. Malalgoda.

The Bench also ordered the Court Registrar to submit to the Court, the video footage containing the media briefing where the Deputy Minister is alleged to have made the comments, which had defamed the judiciary, Judges and lawyers.

Senior State Counsel S. Nawana told the Court that after viewing the video, the Attorney General will decide whether or not to file charges against the Deputy Minister concerned.

Two petitions were filed against Ramanayake by Magalkande Sudaththa and a retired Army officer.

Senior State Counsel Suharshi Herath appeared for the Attorney General and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran appeared Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.

The petitioners have charged that the accused had made a public comment on 21 August, 2017, to the effect that the judiciary, and the majority of the Judges and the lawyers are corrupt and hence to deem such comments as being in contempt of Court.




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