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CA dismisses Ranjan’s petition in limine

Ranjan Ramanayake

Court of Appeal on Monday, April 05, dismissed the petition filed by former state minister and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake seeking a writ order preventing the annulment of his parliamentary seat. He had earlier been sentenced to four years in prison for contempt of court.

Court delivered the order following a preliminary objection raised by the Attorney General that the petition had no legal basis to be heard.

President’s Counsel Faiz Mustafa, who appeared for Ranjan Ramanayake, submitted that his client had been imprisoned on a charge of contempt of court and that there was no legal basis for revoking his seat under the Constitution as it was not a criminal offense.

Additional Solicitor General Indika Devamuni de Silva, appearing for the Attorney General, raised preliminary objections that the Court of Appeal had no jurisdiction to grant the relief sought by petitioner Ranjan Ramanayake.

Faiz Mustapha President’s Counsel appeared with, M.A. Sumanthiran PC, Suren Fernando and Keerthi Tilakaratne for Ramanayake.

Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni de Silva PC, appeared with Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle and Senior State Counsel, Dr. Avanthi Perera for the Attorney General.

The Bench comprised Justices Arjuna Obeysekera and Mayadunne Correa. Secretary General of Parliament and the Attorney General were named as respondents in the petition.

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