Ranjan Ramanayake further remanded

2020-02-12 at 16:22

Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, who was arrested and remanded on charges of interfering with the functions of the judiciary, has been further remanded until the 26th of February.

The order was issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate Haris Pelpola.

A request by the attorneys representing MP Ramanayake to release him on bail was rejected by Court following objections by the attorneys representing the Attorney General’s Department.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris informed Court that releasing MP Ramanayake could pose a risk to witnesses especially through certain statements made by the MP on social media.

Former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake was arrested on the 14th of this January by officers attached to the Colombo Crimes Division at his official residence in Madiwela following a warrant issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate.

The MP was arrested on the directives of Attorney General Dappula De Livera. The Attorney General informed the CCD that legal action can be taken against MP Ramanayake on charges of violating Constitutional provisions and interfering with the functions of the judiciary, over investigations being conducted into the recordings of phone calls obtained from the MP’s residence.

MP Ranjan Ramanayake is charged over committing an offence under Article 111C (2) of the Constitution, for interference with the functions of judges.