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* Baddegama Magistrate involved in MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s phone conversations interdicted
Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 09:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 16, Colombo: The Judicial Service Commission has suspended the service of Baddegama Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala with immediate effect for his involvement in the controversial phone conversations recorded by the UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

The Attorney General today instructed the police to record statements from three judges who allegedly had telephone conversations with Ramanayake.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera has directed the Director of the Colombo Crimes Division to record statements from the judges after analyzing the facts of the investigations carried out by the police.

Accordingly, statements will be taken from retired High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka Gunathilaka, High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya and Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala.

Meanwhile, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has sent the necessary recommendations to the President regarding Gihan Pilapitiya, who is currently serving as the Judge of the Embilipitiya High Court as the President is the authority to appoint and remove a High Court Judge.

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, the Secretary of his Ministry Dr. Nihal Jayatilleka and the then Director General of Divi Neguma Kithsiri Ranawaka were arrested in April 2015 and remanded when Dhammika Hemapala was the Kaduwela Magistrate. The magistrate was recorded having a conversation with MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

 

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