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Former MP Ramanayake in double jeopardy for Contempt of Court?

A case filed before the Supreme Court against former MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who is spending a prison sentence for Contempt of Court, was taken up before a three-member Bench comprising Justices S. Thurairaja, Yasantha Kodagoda and A.H.M.D. Navas today.

The former MP was produced before the Court under the protection of prison officers and the Bench declared that the case be heard on March 09, 2022.

In 2018, a number of fundamental rights (FR) petitions were lodged in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of then-President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament. Ramanayake, who was then a MP, was accused of Contempt of Court for publicly criticising the five-member Bench appointed to hear the petitions during a television program.

It in this backdrop was the aforesaid case filed before the Supreme Court.

MIAP

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