Patali hands over Contempt of Court draft bill

2021-02-23 at 15:00

Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka has handed over a Contempt of Court draft bill to the Secretary General of Parliament.

The draft bill was compiled by the National Movement for Legal Reform.

Speaking to media after the handing over the draft bill, MP Ranawaka said although the Constitution states that the judiciary has absolute power over Contempt of Court, a serious social issue has arisen due to the lack of ordinances on its execution.

Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka added responsibility on delivering a verdict over Contempt of Court was granted to the judiciary through the Constitution.

However he claimed it led to a major concern as no clear ordinances on its execution were drafted.

MP Ranawaka said the gravity of this absence was evident through recent incidents in the country, especially with imprisoning MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

He noted India drafted laws on the matter, adding that Indian judges dealt with mercy and humanity when issuing a verdict on such cases.

The Parliamentarian said Indian Author Arundhati Roy was given a one day prison sentence for such a violation.

Therefore MP Ranawaka hoped to include the draft bill compiled by the National Movement for Legal Reform, within the Parliament agenda through the Secretary General of Parliament.

MP Ranawaka noted that the Justice Minister could edit the bill to correct errors and present it within parliament.