Sept 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today set dates to hear the contempt of court case against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake in December when it was taken up for hearing today.
Accordingly a three member bench including Chief Justice Priyasath Depp, justices Vijitha Malalgoda and L.T.B. Dehideniya ordered the case to be taken up on the 10th, 11th and 12th of December.
The respondent, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake appeared before the court.
The Attorney General has named six journalists as witnesses and the court issued notice for them to appear before Court on the 10th December.
Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana tabling evidence in the case before the Supreme Court produced 14 witnesses and 8 exhibits for the case.
Among the exhibits were four CDs containing the statement of the deputy minister and four news items, which published the deputy minister's statement.
Considering these facts, the Supreme Court ordered the hearing to be held on December 10, 11 and 12, and to issue notices to six persons of the Sirasa and Hiru TVs to appear in court.
President's Counsel, M. A. Sumanthiran appearing for the respondent Ranjan Ramanayake said the alleged defamatory statement made by his client has been re-broadcast by several media organizations and the court should take action against them as well.
The Supreme Court Judges then stated that it could be considered subsequently.
Deputy Minister Ramanayake is accused of contempt of Court for making serious criticisms against the Courts and the legal profession saying that most of the lawyers and judges in the country are corrupt and they were ruining the country.