Ranjan’s Contempt of Court case fixed for inquiry | Daily News

Ranjan’s Contempt of Court case fixed for inquiry

The Contempt of Court case filed against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly casting insulting remarks on the reputation of the judiciary and the lawyers, was yesterday fixed for inquiry by the Supreme Court.

When the matter came up before the three-judge-bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, six prosecution witnesses were noticed to appear before the Supreme Court on December 10 to provide evidence. The matter was fixed for inquiry on December 10, 11 and 12. Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana with Senior State Counsel Counsel Suharshi Herath Jayaweera appearing for the Attorney General listed 14 persons as witnesses including several journalists.

President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran appearing for the Deputy Minister informed court that the Attorney General should take necessary action to charge several electronic media institutions for Contempt of Court for repeatedly broadcasting the questionable statement made by his client.

At a previous occasion, all judges of the Supreme Court had determined to proceed with the Contempt of Court charges against the Deputy Minister after perusing the transcript of the video footage pertaining to the alleged derogatory statement.

Ven.Magalkande Sudatta Thera 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 insulting remarks on the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers, at a press conference held on August 21 last year.

The three-judge Supreme Court bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Vijith Malalgoda and Justice L.T.B.Dehideniya.

 


 

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