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Contempt of Court charges against Ranjan Ramanayake:

Supreme Court orders AG to issue another rule


 

The three judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya PC yesterday ordered the Attorney General to issue a rule within one month for Contempt of Court against State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly making a derogatory statement regarding the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court made this order pursuant to a complaint that Ramanayake had recently made a comment in the media regarding an ongoing case at the Supreme Court in a manner insulting and damaging the reputation of the judiciary.

It is alleged that the State Minister had allegedly insulted the Supreme Court by publicly prejudging a fundamental rights violation petition which was filed over the dissolution of Parliament on October last year.

On March 13, 2019, State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake through his counsel Faiz Musthapha PC had expressed his regret if his utterances have caused any contempt towards the Supreme Court. Musthapha told Court that his client was denying contempt allegations and has reservations on the accuracy of the statement before court.

In response to this remarks, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appearing for the Attorney General submitted to court that expression of regrets should be done with formal material. ‘In view of the absence of any material to support regrets, a charge sheet has to be framed and read out to the accused. Then defence can make submissions in this effect and court can decide whether it allows to proceed with the case or not,’ Rajaratnam said.

Accordingly, the second Contempt of Court case filed against State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly making a derogatory statement regarding the Supreme Court was yesterday fixed for July 30 by the three-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda and Justice Murdu Fernando.

Ramanayake had recently made a comment on media regarding an ongoing case at Supreme Court, in a manner of insulting and damaging the reputation of the judiciary.

At a previous occasion, the Attorney General informed the Supreme Court that the Attorney General is expecting to formulate a rule with Contempt of Court charges against Ramanayake for allegedly making a derogatory statement regarding the Supreme Court.

The Attorney General had further stated that the statement made by Ramanayake was tantamount to Contempt of Court in terms of Article 105 of the Constitution and necessary action to be taken accordingly.

Another Contempt of Court case filed against Ramanayake for allegedly casting insulting remarks on the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers is to be taken up for argument on July 29.

President’s Counsel Faiz Musthapha with counsel Chandimal Mendis, Ashan Fernando, K.S. Tillakaratne, Sarasi Paranamanna under the instructions of Sandun Gamage appeared for Ranjan Ramanayake.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appeared for the Attorney General.

 

 


SC orders AG to file another rule against Ranjan

Supreme Court three-judge-bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya today ordered the Attorney General to file another rule with contempt of court charges against State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly making a derogatory statement regarding the Supreme Court.


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