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Contempt of Court case against Ranjan

SC commences oral submissions

The first Contempt of Court case filed against former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly casting insulting remarks on the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers was yesterday fixed for further oral submission to be resumed on July 16 by the Supreme Court.

Additional Solicitor General Sarath Jayamanna appearing for the Attorney General commenced his oral submissions before the Supreme Court three-judge-Bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Vijith Malalgoda and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena.

Explaining the incident which led to institute legal action against Ranjan Ramanayake, he submitted to court that a rule had been issued against the respondent following the Supreme Court’s determination that there is a prima facie case against the Respondent.

Sarath Jayamanna further told court that respondent Ramanayake had deliberately made this contemptuous statement to the media on August 21, 2017 after attending a meeting held at Temple Trees.

The Supreme Court fixed the case for further oral submissions on July 16.

Both prosecution and respondent parties have already concluded testifying evidence in connection with this contempt of court case.

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 the alleged derogatory statement.

Ven. Magalkande Sudantha 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.

Senior counsel Viran Corea appeared for the respondent. Additional Solicitor General Sarath Jayamanne with Senior State Counsel Suharshi Herath Jayaweera appeared for the Attorney General.

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