Ranjan to stand before tribunal after phone found in cell 

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Prison officials have, on Sunday (21), taken into their custody a mobile phone that was in the possession of former Samagi Jana Balawegaya Opposition Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, and have initiated a preliminary investigation into the matter, following which Ramanayake would be charged under the Prisons Ordinance and then be produced before a prison tribunal.

Prisons Department Spokesman and Commissioner Chandana Ekanayake told the media yesterday (22) that a mobile phone and a hands-free phone were found during an emergency search carried out on Ramanayake’s cell on Sunday at 10 p.m.

Ramanayake, who was being detained at the Angunakolapelessa Prison, was transferred to the Welikada Prison Hospital on 10 November 2021, to be admitted to the Orthopaedic Clinic of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) in Colombo for the treatment of a knee injury and is currently receiving treatment.

The Supreme Court, on 12 January 2021, sentenced Ramanayake to a four-year term of rigorous imprisonment over contempt of court. The case was filed by Ven. Magalkande Sudaththa Thera and Air Force Officer (Retd.) R. Sunil Perera in 2017 following some remarks made by Ramanayake, allegedly insulting the reputation of the Judiciary when commenting to the media on 21 August 2017.