Deputy Minister’s contempt of court case postponed to June 18

Deputy Minister’s contempt of court case postponed to June 18

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today directed to summon Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who has been accused of insulting the judiciary, for further action on the 18th of June.

Deputy Minister Ramanayake is accused of contempt of Court for making serious criticisms against the Courts and the legal profession saying that most of the lawyers and judges in the country are corrupt and they were ruining the country.

The case was called today before a two-judge bench comprising Justices Eva Wanasundera and Justice L T B Dehideniya.

The Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Navana who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General informed the Court that the Attorney General had examined the video footage of the statement said to have made by the respondent Ranjan Ramanayake.

The Attorney General also informed the Court that the contents of the Deputy Minister’s statement seem to be disgraceful to the judiciary. The next step was to draft a charge sheet and hand it over to the respondent, and the additional solicitor general informed the court.

President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran, who appeared on behalf of Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, informed the Court that he will hand over to the Courts a written submission containing the reasons for not being able to continue the allegation.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court has stated that the next step regarding the complaints will be considered on the 18th.

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake is accused of making a statement to the media on the 21st of August last year alleging that the majority of the judges and lawyers have been identified as corrupt individuals.

Magalkande Sudantha Thero and a retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera had filed the case against the Deputy Minister.

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