SC fixes contempt case against Ranjan for June 18 
Posted on June 4th, 2018

By Chitra Weerarathne Courtesy The Island

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed, for June 18, the next date of mention of the allegation of contempt of court filed against State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.

Two petitioners, Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera and retired Air Officer Sunil Perera have complained to the Court that on August 21, 2017, Ramanayake made a public statement injurious to the dignity of judicial officers.

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Ramanayake should be punished under Article 103(5) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka for having committed the offence of contempt.

Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Navarna PC told the Court that there was a prima facie case against Ramanayake. The video tape of the speech by Ramanayake was being perused by the Judges of the Supreme Court to decide whether the suspect should be charged and tried for contempt under Article 103(5) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

Counsel Rasika Dissanayake and Suraj Walgama appeared for the petitioners.

M. A. Sumanthiran P.C. appeared with Viran Corea for the suspect Ramanayake.

The bench comprised Justice Eva Wanasundera and Justice L. T. B. Dehideniya.

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