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MP Ranjan Ramanayake cannot be allowed to attend sessions - Speaker

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MP Ranjan Ramanayake cannot be allowed to attend sessions following the request made by the Court of Appeal to maintain the current 'status quo' till the proceedings with regard to the appeals filed by the MP are looked into, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene informed Parliament today.

The Speaker informed the House of his decision when Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and other SJB MPs requested him to allow Mr. Ramanayake to attend sessions.

Mr. Premadasa requested the Speaker to allow Mr. Ramanayake to attend sessions in the same way he allowed MP Premalal Gunasekera, who was convicted of murder, to attend sessions. “You must not treat Mr. Jayasekera and Mr. Ramanayake differently,” he said.

“Mr. Jayasekera was allowed to attend the sessions following the appeal he submitted and the judiciary allowed him to attend House sessions,” the Speaker said.

“Mr. Jayasekera’s verdict was given by the District High Court while he challenged this in the Court of Appeal. In Ramanayake’s case, the verdict was given by the Supreme Court. One cannot appeal against a Supreme Court decision. Therefore the 'status quo' with regard to Mr. Ramanayake is rigorous imprisonment,” he said.

MP Rauff Hakeem who came up with different suggestions, proposed a legislation be presented to Parliament on Contempt of Court while there should be a legislation on policy of sentencing.

State Minister Nimal Lansa said the opposition MPs should not engage in challenging the Supreme Court ruling given on Mr. Ramanayake.

"We see opposition MPs claiming that the sentence given to MP Ramanayake is too hasty. This is challenging the Supreme Court decision,” he said.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 15

  • haris W Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:09 PM

    But, the one sentenced to death could?...................

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:14 PM

    I am no supporter of any political party. This man is not suitable to be in the legislature. it is better his MP is stripped and he should be released from prison.

    Deepthi De Silva Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:45 PM

    People elected him to the parliament because they thought he is suitable for the job. You or anyone else don't have a say about it.

    mahinda Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:33 PM

    MP Ranjan Ramanayake was just convicted for contempt of court. If he too was for a murder, should have get a relief like MP Premalal

    Chris Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:36 PM

    Never seen a partial and a corrupt speaker like this before. All decisions partial. Shame Shame on you

    Joshua Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:05 PM

    Convicted murderers are exempt. What a fools paradise.

    Shehan Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:08 PM

    Jungle Laws of Banana Republic he he he....

    Charles Jansz. Thursday, 11 February 2021 05:29 AM

    Such things happen when those elected to high Office are either partial or cannot understand the "status quo" in context! God help us!

    Stephen Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:16 AM

    Then 99% of the members should not be in it.

    sandaruwan Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:17 AM

    Chris; Cant u remember someone call karu jayasuriya ?

    Samson Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:24 AM

    4 year RI is a bigger punishment than one in death row, which has no time limit.

    Common Citizen of SL Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:41 AM

    Mr.Speaker, if murders and robbers are allowed to the Parliament, why not a person who stood for the right and spoke the truth for our mother land cannot be allowed. You are talking bull shit.

    G. Guruge Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:44 AM

    Speaker seems to be like our good old friend Mervyn Silva the Joker.

    Ravi Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:01 AM

    Political Revenge and government is scared of people who speak.

    Buddhist Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:30 PM

    Ranjan should be given bail as the case has an appeal has been made.


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