Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President, Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya was served with a charge sheet for contempt of court before the Court of Appeal.
The charge sheet is for allegedly undermining the Court of Appeal judgment dated January 31, 2017 which was delivered compelling the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register the MBBS graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Limited (SAITM) provisionally as medical practitioners in terms of the Medical Ordinance.
The petitioners are activists Prof.Sarath Wijesuriya, the Convener of National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) and Gamini Viyangoda, the co-convener of Puravesi Balaya Social Movement, the petitioners.
Court of Appeal Bench comprised of President Justice Rohini Walgama and Justice S. Thurairajah. Upul Jayasuriya PC with counsel Chithrananda Liyanage appearing for the petitioners. Gamini Marapana PC with counsel Navin Marapana and Ravindranath Dabare appearing for the respondents.
Court had earlier issued an Interim Order(IO) preventing the GMOA President from making or publishing further contemptuous statements/articles scandalising the Court of Appeal until the final determination of this contempt of court action.