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Corrupt persons in the legal system panicking over my statements: Ranjan

29 August 2017 09:55 pm - 40     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today said only the corrupted law enforcement officers start panicking when one talks about corruption in the judiciary.

Mr. Ramanayake told a media briefing that lawyers who have not done any wrong should not get alarmed about his recent statement that legal personnel are amongst the worst corrupted people in this country.

“Bar Association of Sri Lanka Chairman U R De Silva has threatened me by saying they will file legal action against me for contempt of court. I respect the judiciary, the judicial officers and the law. I clearly state that I have not made any statement which could be subjected to contempt of court. What has taken place is nothing but misunderstanding. I only referred to what Upul Jayasuriya, J C Weliamuna and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and what President Sirisena had said before. Late Prime Minister John Kotelawala said he would apply tar on the heads of corrupted monks. He said all monks should not panic about this statement. Likewise only corrupted judges and lawyers should panic about my statement. There are judges whom we could worship including the Jaffna High Court Judge. We can do the same to late Sarath Ambeypitiya,” he said.

“We saw how those who held the Chief Justice post in the past behaved. Buddha preached that when a king gets corrupted his ministers suffer the same fate so will the others including the citizens of the country. Chief Justice is the king of judges. Judges will have to obey the Chief Justice. A former Chief Justice has assured the head of state that he will deliver any judgement according to whims and fancies of the latter if his term is extended. This is a perfect example of corruption. Former Chief Justice and his wife were hovering around the President and Prime minister at the airport during the day the Pope visited Sri Lanka. They did it so that he could remain as the Chief Justice, I saw this with my own eyes,” he added.

Mr. Ramanayake said he believes that these cases filed against him will do some good to him. This he said because he represents the people. “My statements are based on what people come and tell me about lawyers”.

“People suffer as a result of shortcomings in the judiciary. There are instances where wrong verdicts are given. There are instances where sexual bribes are given. A judge had been accused of raring a servant. People talk about them. A former Chief Justice admitted that he gave a wrong judgement during his tenure. What did the BASL chief do about these judicial officers and lawyers. Aren’t we going to penalize these judicial officers? There are instances where people threw excreta at judges. Some Sri Lankan lawyers have been identified as ones who hold black money by Panama papers. I am going to be penalized when I talk about them. Wrong doers are spared,” he also said.

Mr. Ramanayake called for an institution where people could go when they are subjected to harassment from the judicial officers and lawyers. He said lawyers should not defend anyone who is charged with gang rape and this practice should be enforced in Sri Lanka as well. (Yohan Perera)

Video by Indika Sri Aravinda

  Comments - 40

  • Kondadeniya Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:58 PM

    Sir, collect as much as cases of cheating/exploiting, rape, threatening. thuggery, bribery, double crossing etc.involving these people so that those facts will boomerang them at the hearing. More Information could get from people who come for cases at the courts in rural areas.

    Actress Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:15 AM

    He is an actor, no!!?

    BUSHEL Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:46 AM

    YES. THAT IS WHY THERE IS A FIRM OPINION HAS FOAMED FOR AGES AMONG PUBLIC " NEVER TO GET INVOLVED IN LITIGATION" BECAUSE THEY SUCK YOU.

    Srian Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:05 PM

    Yes... he maybe an actor but he has an opinion worth being taken seriously.Some of the incidents referred to are public knowledge!

    rajs26 Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:20 AM

    Well said

    ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:42 AM

    in every talk and every action this man is a rare politician in sri lanka.is this country and people has any luck to benefit from his servicess . via DM Android App

    lion Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:09 AM

    Ranjan people of this country are with you. What you said was very true. We have seen that through Lenin Rathnayaka Sarath N silva to name a few.

    bushel_perera@yahpoo.com Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:50 AM

    I WAS NOT WITH HIM. BUT NOW I WANT TO VOTE AND PROMOTE HIM.

    Jaliya Pathirana Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:18 AM

    10 years of Rajapasse legacy.Corrupt bas...ds occupying key positions,where would a poor citizen turn to get justice?

    sss Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:21 AM

    Sri Lanka judiciary is one of the most corrupt according to a opinion by many outside agencies

    R.T. Weerasinghe (Lawyer) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:39 AM

    True MR and his ministers only spoilt the judiciary poking their fingers to protect them.

    Sameera Rupasinghe Wednesday, 30 August 2017 06:21 AM

    The reality is that the Sri Lanka has the most dishonest, dangerous and crooked legal system of any developed nation. Legal corruption is covering SL like a blanket.The corruption of our legal system is well-known, but also well-hidden.

    Sameera Wednesday, 30 August 2017 06:22 AM

    The reality is that the Sri Lanka has the most dishonest, dangerous and crooked legal system of any developed nation. Legal corruption is covering SL like a blanket.The corruption of our legal system is well-known, but also well-hidden.

    Duminda Wednesday, 30 August 2017 07:04 AM

    Minister Ranjan, Yes what you said was 100% truth

    Mahila Wednesday, 30 August 2017 07:11 AM

    Very Good and Exemplary, One Shot Ranjan. To the Point.

    MINDTEASER Wednesday, 30 August 2017 07:13 AM

    REALLY THERE ARE THOUGHT FOR THINKING. via DM Android App

    gamini Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:27 AM

    the only instance when SL was disgraced by an UN legal sub committee intervention was during the tenure of CJ Sarath Silva, the whole country knows this and what did the BASL do then? talk of legal action now.Shame on the BASL to protect the dishonest

    Ravi Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:32 AM

    Well said Ranjan, every body in this country knows how the judiciary system work in this country with the black coat people.

    dulan Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:33 AM

    Politicians, Lawyers, Engineers, Doctors Accountants and Govt Servants the most corrupt. Farmers Laborers, Unskilled workers, self employed etc the majority suffer.

    Alex Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:54 AM

    The lawyers' Association has thrown a stone at Hornets net. Or has opened a can of worms! Now face the music.

    sunil Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:54 AM

    I am lawyer. Sri Lankan lawyers may be included in the first ten n the list of corrupt professionals in the world.The cheating starts early in Law College with getting through exams through influence.The professional and moral standards of a fair number of Sri Lankan Lawyers are at the lowest level.When you work overseas and see the extremely high standards of professionalism and common decency that exits in the legal profession one is ashamed to admit he or she has any connection with the Sri Lankan lawyers.All strength to Ranjan to clean up this den of thieves.Remember De Abrew?

    Mandy Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:28 AM

    Abrew is just one. Lenin Ratnayaka Sarath Silva Mohan Pieris are just a few top liners. Next tier too long to write here.

    blessing Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:19 AM

    We are with honest politicians like Ranjan!

    Mr.Perfect Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:22 AM

    Dear Mr. Minister, you are 100% correct. We have seen how lawyers and judges turn situations upside down. Did you see what lies he was producing in front of the media.How could one sleep at night .

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:41 AM

    Well said Ranjan putha, all what you said and explained are 100% true. Let those corrupted fellows fly a kite.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:41 AM

    Well said Ranjan putha, all what you said and explained are 100% true. Let those corrupted fellows fly a kite.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:41 AM

    Well said Ranjan putha, all what you said and explained are 100% true. Let those corrupted fellows fly a kite.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:42 AM

    Well said Ranjan putha, all what you said and explained are 100% true. Let those corrupted fellows fly a kite.

    Nalin Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:46 AM

    Majority of Lawyers in this country are corrupt. There is no second guessing this. Some of them are leeches soliciting customers especially, in the Aluthkade Traffic courts. In certain instances they are in cahoots with Police personnel. I have first hand experience in the Mount Lavinia Magistrate's court when a senior lawyer suggested that I bribe the Production Clerk in order to get my stolen goods released (which were found) fast. This was in the court house.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:47 AM

    Being a Lawyer, I will only support Ranjan as all what he said was the reality and the truth.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:47 AM

    Being a Lawyer, I will only support Ranjan as all what he said was the reality and the truth.

    Manuel Benjamin Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:52 AM

    Chairman of Bar Association should be sacked and replaced with the right person as he is a corrupted king.

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:54 AM

    Ranjan we are with you Sir, nothing to worry and no one could shake you. Fight for the right always.

    Steve Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:20 AM

    So dear Chairman, you mean to say Lawyers are honest and trust worthy people and as for your bar association file case against Ranjan?

    Nimal Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:59 PM

    Most of the innocent people that seek justice are treated badly by the courts and I support Ranjan on this.My court case went for decades and so of my sisters.

    Amanthi Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:05 PM

    In a country where justice minister is so corrupt / being sacked, what else can we talk of lawyers / BAR? We should protect honest/ straight talkers like Ranjan, but I wonder dirty handed UNPers try to manipulate Ranjan for political mileage? PM is a master in this subject! but he is a failed personality over 40 years!

    sobers Wednesday, 30 August 2017 02:23 PM

    There are cases going beyond 25 - 30 years, innocents have to pay for it. If the system is weak it should have been dealt. majority of the public knows the system is corrupt.

    ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 02:46 PM

    ranjan sacrificed before become minister and after became minister.he is a proven honest politician who is very brave and dedicated for wellfare of people. via DM Android App

    BASLMafia Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:10 PM

    Very few lawers are genuine. Most lawyers are taking extra money from poor and uneducated innocent people and postpone cases. President, PM and Chief Justice do something for this.BAR Association Chairman wanted to create scare or frighten or fear and worship to them like slaves. People should organise and form society to rescue Ranjan, Rajitha Senaratna from mafia of BASL and GMOA .

    lal perera Wednesday, 30 August 2017 06:33 PM

    Rajan you have enough courage to tell the truth.Hope next election you will run for president.


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