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Ranjan’s contempt of court case

JSC Secretary, Prasanna Vithana testify

The Judicial Service Commission Secretary and veteran film director Prasanna Vithanage yesterday testified before the Supreme Court in connection with the contempt of court case filed against State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly casting insulting remarks on the reputation of the Judiciary and lawyers.

President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran, PC, appearing for State Minister Ramanayake, informed court that the defence expects to lead evidence from the JSC Secretary in order to inquire about the complaints received about alleged corruption on the part of judges.

In his evidence, filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage gave evidence regarding a film named Usaviya nihadai (Silence in the courts).

A Supreme Court three-judge bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Vijith Malalgoda fixed further hearing on October 24.

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

Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera and R. Sunil Perera, a retired Air Force Officer had submitted complaints to the Supreme Court seeking a contempt of court action against Deputy Minister Ramanayake for allegedly making insulting remarks on the reputation of the Judiciary and lawyers, at a press conference held on August 21, last year.

President’s Counsel Sumanthiran appeared for the respondent. Additional Solicitor General Viraj Dayaratne with Senior State Counsel Suharshi Herath Jayaweera appeared for the Attorney General.

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