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Contempt of Court action against Dr.Padeniya fixed for inquiry

The Contempt of Court case filed against Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya for allegedly undermining the Court of Appeal judgment delivered regarding the SAITM issue was yesterday fixed for inquiry by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal two-judge-bench  comprising Justice (President) Arjuna Obeyesekere and Mayadunna Corea decided to postpone the case since the respondent Dr. Padeniya is currently under self quarantine. This case is to be taken up for inquiry on March 3 and 10.

On December 6, 2017, the Court of Appeal decided to overrule preliminary objections raised by Dr. Padeniya. The Court of Appeal had earlier observed that there was sufficient material to issue a rule against Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya in respect of a charge sheet filed against him over contemptuous statements.

At a previous occasion, a charge sheet was served on GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya by the Court of Appeal for allegedly undermining the Court of Appeal judgement dated January 31, 2017 which was delivered compelling the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register the MBBS graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Limited (SAITM) provisionally as medical practitioners in terms of the Medical Ordinance.

However, Dr. Padeniya through his lawyers had informed the Court of Appeal that his client was not pleading guilty to the charge sheet when it was read out by the Court stenographer.

Two civil society activists Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya, the Convener of National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) and Gamini Viyangoda, the co-convener of Puravesi Balaya Social Movement had filed this contempt of Court action naming GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya as the respondent.

Counsel Ravindranath Dabare appeared for Dr. Padeniya.