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Case against Ranjan Ramanayake: SC asks AG to file draft rule on July 30

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The Supreme Court today directed the Attorney General to submit draft rule on July 30 against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake to show cause as to why he should not be charged in respect of the two petitions alleging him to have committed Contempt of Court.

When the matter was taken up by a Bench comprising Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justices Priyantha Jayawardane and Murdu N.B. Fernando, President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran with Jerusha Crossette Thambiah appearing for Mr. Ramanayake said the procedure should be followed in all courts according to Section 793 of the Criminal Procedure Code Chapter 9.

He said as such the person who complains should forward the summons containing the charges to be served on the respondent and that the Attorney General had no role in the proceedings.

Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Navana appearing for the AG cited former minister S.B. Dissanayake’s case and said the procedure followed in that case was that it was the AG who drafted the Rule for Contempt.

Counsel Sumanthiran said that case could not be followed because the expressed provision of the law was not followed and the practice of the Court could not override the expressed provision of law.

Petitioners Sunil Perera and Ven. Magalkande Sudaththa Thera are seeking contempt of court action against the Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake alleging that he had made an insulting statement at a news conference on August 21 damaging the reputation of the Judiciary and the Lawyers. Rasika Tissanayake with Suraj Walgama appeared for the petitioners.

Petitioners said the statement was made at a time when the international community and organizations were trying to force the country to establish special courts to charge war heroes.

M.A.Sumanthiran PC with Jerusha Crossette Thambiah appeared for Ranjan Ramanayake while Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Navana with Senior State Counsel Shuharsho Herath appeared for the AG. (S.S. Selvanayagam)

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  • Vila Monday, 18 June 2018 07:55 PM

    Coming colours not good Ranjo Ask Carlo fonseka some medical advice before seeking legal advice

    malij Monday, 18 June 2018 07:57 PM

    Looks like this is going to be a case of Naduth Haamuduruwange Baduth Haamuduruwange.

    laki Monday, 18 June 2018 08:01 PM

    Is criticising of corruption in our judiciary system amounts to contempt of court?

    idi Monday, 18 June 2018 08:05 PM

    It is high time that common man take a stand against the corruption in our justice system. Rally behind RR or he is going to be another victim of what he is fighting against.

    Ceylon Monday, 18 June 2018 08:22 PM

    Why supreme court judgess not boycott just like for gota's casess.because gota didnt threst them for death???.or didnt bribe them with millions ???.judgess must explian the reason.

    Ceylon Monday, 18 June 2018 08:25 PM

    Judfess say to prove their judiciery corruptions ????.my god where these judgess living ????.where these judgess working ????.seems they are not living in lanka and nit working at lankan judiciery.lanka is totaly corrupt dirty country.look at the these events.garbage to hear.

    Ram Tuesday, 19 June 2018 02:08 AM

    Ranjan will come out with flying colours at the end when the can of worms (this is partly public knowledge) is opened before court.In the recent past there were Justices whose character, honesty and integrity were questionable.

    Upul Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:07 AM

    This is a prime example of how the law and order works in SL.

    DJ Tuesday, 19 June 2018 05:13 AM

    Most judges are failed lawyers appointed through political influence and then controlled by influencial lawyers

    Lion Tuesday, 19 June 2018 05:43 AM

    Ranjan is straight forward and said the system prevail in the judiciary which we too as citizen see with disgust. It is evident in some cases two different judgement are given in cases similar to each other but the parties involved are belonging to the two segment of the society one is poor and the other is a wealthy and politically influential party.So do we expect some thing from a independent judiciary? I salute Rawaya editor Victor Ivon who fearlessly fought to protect the independent judiciary of this country.


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