The Court of Appeal has summoned the President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya to appear before the court on May 22 and show cause as to why he should not be punished for contempt of the Court of Appeal for having caused an affront to the dignity of the court by making abusive public statements consequent to the Court of Appeal judgement dated Jan. 31, 2017.
He was also restrained from further making public statements, or instituting publications insulting the court. This order is valid till the next date of hearing.
The petition by Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya and Gamini Viyangoda complained that the GMOA led by its President took to the streets, shouting slogans and distributing leaflets, unduly condemning the Court of Appeal.
The petition was supported by Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, PC.
The Bench comprised Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda (President) and Justice S. Thurairajah.