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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 8:12
Update: Ranjan Ramanayake arrives at Supreme Court
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Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake who was issued summons to appear before the Supreme Court has arrived at the Supreme Court.



Update:- Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9.44 Am
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Ranjan Ramanayake summoned to appear before Supreme Court today

The Supreme Court issued summons to Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake on 12th of this month ordering him to appear before the court today, in relation to 2 petitions that were filed regarding his remarks defaming court.

On 21st of August,  the Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake charged that most judges in Sri Lankan courts were corrupt.

In response to that statement being made, General Secretary of Sinhala Ravaya, Venerable Magalkandey Sudatta Thera and Retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera filed two petitions before the Supreme Court.

The petitioners had pointed out that public confidence regarding the law would crumble when such statements are made by a member of the legislature that formulates laws.

They had pointed out in their petitions that such a statement had defamed the court.

The petitioners have requested that the Supreme Court conduct a full investigation regarding the relevant statement and that Ranjan Ramanayake is penalized accordingly.

The petition was considered on 12th this month by a three-member bench of Supreme Court judges, comprising Buvaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew And Anil Gunaratna.

Upon consideration, the petitions, the Supreme Court judges decided that Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake should appear before the court.

Accordingly, notice was given to the Deputy Minister that he should appear before the court today (25).

Meanwhile, the BAR Association of Sri Lanka also recently handed to the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court,  documents and video footage as evidence to enable action to be taken regarding the statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.


 


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