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Ranjan Ramanayake notified to appear before courts on Nov. 21


The Supreme Court today re-issued notice on Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake to appear before the Supreme Court on November 21 to show cause regarding two contempt of Court actions filed against him for allegedly casting insulting remarks on the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers at a press conference.

However, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake who had been named as the respondent in the petitions was present before Supreme Court today.

President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran appearing for Deputy Minister Ramanayake informed court that his client is yet to receive notice. “We have not got any notice. But we are appearing in court following newspaper reports that my client had been noticed,” he said.

The Supreme Court Two-Judge-Bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and Justice Anil Goonaratne decided to re-issue notices on the Deputy Minister pursuant to two contempt of court actions filed by two individuals.

Sumanthiran informed Supreme Court that on next date he would explain to Court as to why court should not be issued summons on the respondent. He further informed Court that ‘an Unfinished Struggle’, a book written by Victor Ivan had also highlighted the corruptions in the judiciary.

Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera of the Bodu Bala Sena Organization and R. Sunil Perera, a retired Air Force Officer had made complaints to the Supreme Court seeking a contempt of court action against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly making an insulting remarks on the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers, at a press conference held on August 21.

Counsel Rasika Dissanayake with Sandun Senadhipathi under the instructions of Sanath Wijewardena appeared for the complainants. President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran appeared for the respondent.


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