Contempt of court cases against Ranjan to be called on Jan. 22
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Contempt of court cases against Ranjan to be called on Jan. 22

December 14, 2017   11:08 am

The Supreme Court has decided to call the contempt of court cases against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake again on January 22.

The two cases against the Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage were taken up for hearing today (14), before a judge bench comprising Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Anil Gunaratne and Vijith Managoda.

එහිදි පෙත්සම්කාර පාර්ශවයේ නීතිඥවරයා විසින් අධිකරණයට දන්වා ඇත්තේ රන්ජන් රාමනායක මහතා විසින් සිදු කරනු ලැබ ඇති අපහාසාත්මක ප්රාකාශය සම්පුර්ණයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස දන්වා තිබුණ ද එම විඩියෝ පටය මෙතෙක් අධිකරණය වෙත ලැබී නොමැති බවයි.

එම කරුණු සළකා බැලූ ශ්රේශෂ්ඨාධිකරණය අදාළ වීඩියෝ පටය ජනවාරි මස 15 දාට පෙර අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලෙස දන්වා ඇත.

නියෝජ්යු අමාත්ය‍ රන්ජන් රාමනායක මහතා වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ එන්.ඒ.සුමන්දිරම් මහතා කියා සිටියේ අදාළ වීඩියෝ පටය නිරීක්ෂණය කර එම නඩුවට අදාළ මුලික විරෝධතා ඉදිරිපත් කරන බවයි.

The attorney representing the petitioners informed court that although it was ordered to submit the full statement made by the Deputy Minister, the video footage has still not been received by the court. 

Therefore the court ordered that the video footage be submitted to the court before January 15.

Attorney-at-law M.A. Sumanthiran, representing the deputy minister, stated that preliminary objections will be filed after observing the said footage.

The petitions were filed by Sinhala Ravaya and retired Air Force Officer Sunil Perera alleging that the Deputy Minister vehemently insulted the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers at a press conference held on August 21.

The petitions highlighted the fact that such defamatory statements will shatter public confidence and provide a warped image of the judiciary to the people of Sri Lanka.

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