Ranjan to provide a voice sample on 23rd

2020-01-15 at 17:00

The Nugegoda Magistrate’s Court ordered prison officials to produce Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake before the Government Analyst on the 23rd of January for a voice test.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris representing the Colombo Crimes Division said the MP’s behaviour during his arrest was an insult to the judiciary and an act of Contempt of Court.

The Deputy Solicitor General requested that action be taken to prevent such behaviour from being made public.

The attorney representing MP Ramanayake requested Court to release the Parliamentarian on bail, citing that the MP was arrested and released on bail on a previous occasion as well.

However, the Deputy Solicitor General raised objections to the request.

He pointed out that MP Ramanayake was arrested previously on the charge of possession of a firearm without a permit, claiming that he was arrested yesterday for interfering in judicial proceedings and cited that there was no connection to the charges.

Dileepa Peries said legal action must be taken against all individuals who intimidated the judiciary and issued directives to the judiciary as observed through the recordings of the phone calls.

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

A case has been filed under this charge for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history.

Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, who was arrested yesterday, has been remanded till the 29th of January.

The order was issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Wasantha Kumara this afternoon.

The MP was arrested last evening by officers of the Colombo Crimes Division at his official residence in Madiwela following an arrest warrant issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate’s Court.

Attorney General Dappula De Livera yesterday instructed the CCD to obtain an arrest warrant for MP Ramanayake and to produce him before Court.

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