Ranjan granted bail

Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has been granted bail by the Nugegoda Magistrate Court today.

The Court also barred Ramanayake from leaving the country and requested the  parliamentarian to handover his passport.

Ramanayake was arrested and remanded over charges of exerting undue influence on judges.

He was arrested at his Madiwela residence on the 14 of January based on a an arrest warrant issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate.

The arrest took place on the orders of the Attorney General had directed the Director of the Colombo Crime Division(CCD) to obtain a warrant to arrest and produce 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.

Leaked audios reveal conversations Ramanayake had with high court 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.