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Contempt of Court action against SLMC fixed for today

Failing to register a SAITM medical practitioner

The Contempt of Court application filed against members of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) for their failure to register a South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Limited (SAITM) student in Malabe in terms of the Court of Appeal judgement was yesterday re-fixed for inquiry by the Court of Appeal.

When the matter came up before Court of Appeal Justice Deepali Wijesundera and Justice Achala Wengappuli, the case was fixed for inquiry today (7).

SLMC members appeared before the Court of Appeal to show cause as to why they should not be punished for Contempt of Court.

Filing for Contempt of Court action against the SLMC, petitioner Dhilmi Kasunda Suriyarachchi, a MBBS graduate of SAITM moved court that the members of SLMC be charged for committing Contempt of Court by willfully and contumaciously failing to provisionally register the petitioner as a medical practitioner in terms of section 29(2) of the Medical Ordinance disobeying the Court of Appeal order dated January 31, 2017.

Suriyarachchi stated that to date the SLMC and its members have failed, neglected and refused to comply with Court of Appeal judgement which was affirmed by the Supreme Court to provisionally register her as a medical practitioner.

On September 21, the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal judgment dated January 31, 2017 regarding a legal issue pertaining to the SAITM and ordered the SLMC to pay Rs.100,000 as legal costs to Suriyarachchi, a student of SAITM in Malabe for unnecessarily delaying and refusing to register her as a medical practitioner.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva with counsel Sugath Caldera, Shanaka Cooray and Niran Ankatel appeared for the petitioner. President's Counsel Manohara de Silva with Gamini Marapana PC with counsel Ravindranath Dabare appeared for the respondents.


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