Ranjan Ramanayake remanded until 29 Jan

Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake who was arrested over exerting undue influence on judges was remanded until 29 January by the Nugegoda Magistrate today(15).

The Magistrate further ordered Ramanayake to undergo a voice test at the Government Analyst’s Department.

Ramanayake was arrested at his Madiwela residence yesterday based on a an arrest warrant issued by the Nugegoda Magistrate.

Last afternoon, 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.

Pictures by Pradeep Dambarage