Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has been sentenced to 4 years of rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court.
The verdict was delivered by the Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising of Justices Sisira de Abrew, Vijith Malalgoda, and Preethi Padman Surasena.
The case was filed against former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake over Contempt of Court charges for making defamatory remarks against the judiciary on the 29.08.2017.
Following a meeting with then-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees, Ramanayake had told the media that the majority of judges and lawyers in the country are corrupt.
Retired Air Force Officer Sunil Perera and Venerable Magalkande Sudatta Thera later filed a complaint with the Supreme Court stating that Ranjan Ramanayake had insulted the judiciary by undermining the public’s trust in them.
Prison spokesman, Chandana Ekanayake said Ramanayake will be sent to the Correctional Center for Youth Offenders in Pallansena for quarantine.