SC to call for clarifications on Ranjan’s contempt case


The Supreme Court has decided to call for clarifications on the contempt of court case against MP Ranjan Ramanayake on January 12, 2021.

The case was taken up today before a judge bench comprising Justices Vijith Malalgoda, Murdu Fernando and S. Thurairaja, under a motion filed by the Attorney General.

Accordingly the court decided to take it up on January 12 for further clarification.

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.

Speaking to the media following a meeting with then-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees, Ramanayake had claimed that the majority of judges in the country issue biased rulings and that they are corrupt.

Retired Air Force Officer Sunil Perera and Venerable Magalkande Sudatta Thera later filed two petitions with the Supreme Court alleging that such defamatory comments can shatter public confidence and provide a warped image of the judiciary to the people of Sri Lanka.

Based on these complaints, the Attorney General had later served the charges against Ramanayake before the Supreme Court.