Retired Judge Padmini Ranawaka arrives at CCD to give statement


Retired High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka arrived at the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) to record a statement regarding the controversial phone recordings involving MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

The CCD had also recorded a statement from High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday with regard to the controversial phone recordings with MP Ranjan Ramanayake, on the instructions of the Attorney General.

The Police Media Unit said that accordingly CCD officers had recorded a statement from the High Court Judge for nearly 5 hours last evening (19).

Last week, the Attorney General directed the CCD Director to record statements from the judges who were involved in the controversial telephone conversations with UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake, without delay.

Earlier this month, a series of audio recordings of phone conversations between the MP and several high-profile officials in the country including former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Shani Abeysekara and justices, had been released to the media.

Recordings contained phone conversations between the parliamentarian and Justices Gihan Pilapitiya, Padmini Ranawaka, and Magistrate Dhammika Hemapana.

Baddegama Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala had been interdicted by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) last week over the issue while the commission had also sent its recommendations to the President on High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.

As the commission has no power to interdict a High Court Judge, it had sent its recommendations to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.