Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga was released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court today over the alleged incident of threatening a journalist at the Colombo High Court premises.
On March 17, Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya noticed Mr. Ranatunga to appear in Court following a B Report filed by Keselwatte Police over the alleged incident.
On March 16, Mr. Ranatunga arrived at the premises to attend the hearing for the bail application revision for his brother Nishantha Ranatunga and had allegedly threatened the journalists present, when they captured visuals of him entering the court.
The journalists, representing several media outlets, captured Ranatunga’s threats on camera and later lodged a Police complaint at the Keselwatte Police.
Nishantha Ranatunga, former CSN Senior Executive, was remanded on charges of violating the Public Property Act.
While releasing the suspect, Dhammika Ranatunga, the Colombo Chief Magistrate told him that Court could understand how he worked at the Ports Authority if his behaviour in Court premises was such.
The Magistrate also asked the Keselwatte Police why they didn't record a statement from the suspect on his arrival to the Police after the complaint was lodged.
The Magistrate also questioned as to why the Police had provided special privileges to the suspect, since the suspect had arrived to the Police subsequent to the complaint in his private vehicle and had left without giving a statement over the incident.
However, the case was moved to the mediation and postponed to July 28. (Shehan Chamika Silva)
wise man reflects before he speaks and idiot reflects after he speaks.
Anura De Silva Friday, 25 March 2016 10:07 AM
It clearly shows how those born and lived on thuggery cannot shed those nerves from their psyche. Before the staff at SLPA or the public bring another no confidence motion on such a person holding a public office in the country, I hope the Chairman, Minister, PM or the President removes him from holding any government position with immediate effect than protect and cover up such rascals like MR did.
eds Friday, 25 March 2016 10:22 AM
that's it ??? no lengthy remand till investigations are complete ???
karthi Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:36 PM
Well said by chief Magistrate to those who who hold high poisitions with political influence.
Coconut Republic Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:47 PM
Good remark from the judge....A good one!
truth Thursday, 24 March 2016 09:55 PM
Good comment.... Just want to know whether anyone has made these types of comments related to the incidents connected to the ruling party during the period of 2005~ Jan 2015??
Blacksmith Friday, 25 March 2016 05:03 AM
Excellent work by this member of the judiciary. Thuggery by politically appointed individuals should not be tolerated in a civilised society. A classic case where power corrupts in the hands of morons.
C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 25 March 2016 05:08 AM
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