For some time now, a lawyer at the magistrate’s court at Gangodawila in Nugegoda has become quite a controversial figure. He is Wasantha Ranasinghe, who has been in the profession for more than 30 years now. In the beginning, he has been well recognized, but later on his conduct has brought disrepute to the entire profession, reports say.
In the chaotic merry-go-round characterizing the drafting of Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA), the periodic surfacing of one version followed by another has given rise to unexpected horrors. Each time that a new draft emerges or should I rather say, is ‘extracted’ with great pain out of a process gripped by skullduggery and secrecy, its devious drafters conceive new and ingenious ways to confound scrutiny.