Contempt of court inquiry against Ramanayake from July 29 to Aug 2

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court, yesterday, re-fixed the contempt of court inquiry against Ranjan Ramanayake, Deputy Minister and UNP Parliamentarian for Gampaha District from July 29 to August 2.

Ramanayake is charged with having made degrading public statements about the judges and lawyers on August 17, 2017 in Colombo.

The inquiry was re-fixed because Justice Vijith Malalgoda is chairing a Presidential Commission appointed to investigate the April 21, 2019 violence. Justice Malalgoda, heard the application earlier.

M. A. Sumanthiran P.C. appeared for Ramanayake, Priyantha Nawana P.C. Additional Solicitor General appeared for the Attorney General.

Among the witnesses are Sudewa Hettiarachchi, Director News, ‘Hiru News’, Ajith Wickramasinghe journalist of the same institution, Lakmal Suriyagoda, a journalist and Sunil Perera of the Gypsies Group.

The bench of yesterday comprised Justice Sisira J. De Abrew, Justice Murdhu Fernando and Justice S. Thurairajah.

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