Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake was arrested a short while ago following an arrest warrant issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate.
Ramanayake was arrested at his Madiwela residence today.
In the afternoon today, the Attorney General had directed the Director of the Colombo Crime Division(CCD) to obtain a warrant to arrest and produce MP Ranjan Ramanayake before court.
The directive was issued for alleged offences committed in terms of Article 111C (2) of the Constitution for interference with the functions of Judges based on leaked telephone conversations with judges Padmini N. Ranawaka Gunathilaka, Gihan Pilapitiya and Dammika Hemapala.
This is the first time a person has been ordered to be arrested under the relevant clause.
Pic by Pradeep Dambarage