Ranjan Ramanayake sentenced to 4 years of rigorous imprisonment
Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has been sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment today (12) on charges of contempt of Court.
The order was issued as a unanimous decision by the three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Sisira de Abrew, Vijith Malalgoda and Preethi Padman Surasena.
The case was filed against former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake over Contempt of Court charges for making defamatory remarks against the judiciary on the 21st of August in 2017.
The charge sheet was filed by the Attorney General based on a complaint filed by Venerable Magalkande Sudatta thera and retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera before the Supreme Court.
Speaking to media following a discussion at the Temple Trees on the 21st of August 2017, MP Ranjan Ramanayake claimed a majority of judges and attorneys are corrupt.
- Reform momentum must continue despite tentative signs of improvement in Sri Lanka Economy – IMF June 2, 2023
- Government’s objective is to develop Sri Lanka as a thriving nation by 2048 June 2, 2023
- Sri Lankan Rupee appreciates against U.S. Dollar June 1, 2023
- Professionals belonging to 14 categories required to register with Inland Revenue Department from June 01 June 1, 2023
- Bruno Divakara remanded until June 07 June 1, 2023
- Over 9,000 dengue cases reported in Sri Lanka in May, 2023 June 1, 2023
- Sri Lanka unexpectedly cuts rates by 250 bps as inflation eases June 1, 2023
Direct interference in courts proceedings or court orders are really a serious matter. But, comments on attorneys, judges and courts & freedom of speech are entirely different things. Law should be made a compulsory subject to all students in school curriculum for better understanding. No one should be above the Law, including attorneys, judges & politicians, etc, etc. Absence of ‘judicial audit’ is a very bad thing. Trend analysis by experts on judgments is also a good thing to consider in the system. Anyway, life sentence for possessing firearm, 04 years rigorous imprisonment for an elected Law maker & presidential pardoning of persons convicted by courts all look too much and appears ridiculous to the ord public? Independent commissions should act as ‘watch dog’ to rectify all these matters.