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Ex-State Minister Diana Gamage to face contempt of court charges over disparaging Supreme Court ruling

May 21, Colombo (LNW): A contempt of court application has been submitted to the Supreme Court against former State Minister Diana Gamage, accusing her of contempt of court due to statements made at a briefing on 9 May this year.

Rehan Jayawickrema, the former Chairman of the Weligama Urban Council, filed this application, alleging that Gamage’s statements were intended to bring the Supreme Court’s authority into disrepute, as stipulated under Section 3(1)(a) of the Contempt of Court, Tribunal, or Institution Act No. 8 of 2024.

In a landmark judgment on 8 May, the Supreme Court ruled that then State Minister Diana Gamage was disqualified from serving as a Member of Parliament as she is not a citizen of Sri Lanka.

The petitioner claimed Gamage depicted herself as a victim of injustice during the briefing in which took participation.

She allegedly stated that the Supreme Court’s decision was an attack on women and a political conspiracy driven by hate and vengeance.

Gamage made these statements with the malicious intent of undermining the Supreme Court’s judgment in the public’s perception, portraying herself as a victim of wrongdoing and the court’s decision as unjust, Jayawickrema asserted.

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