SJB contemplates presenting legislation for Contempt of Court | Daily News

SJB contemplates presenting legislation for Contempt of Court

The ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’ (SJB) is contemplating presenting legislation for Contempt of Court as a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament, Chief Opposition Whip and SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella said.

He was speaking at a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office yesterday.

He pointed out that the Contempt of Court Law is operational in countries such as India and the UK, but Sri Lanka lacks such a Law approved by Parliament.

He added that the SJB has assigned a group of lawyers to draft a piece of legislation for Contempt of Court, and it would be presented to Parliament once the work is completed.

He also commented that MP Ranjan Ramanayake must be allowed to be present during Parliament sittings as he has presented two appeals for the Supreme Court against the recent Court ruling that convicted him for Contempt of Court. He said that Ramanayake’s issue is similar to that of MP Premalal Jayasekara, whose appeal is pending and who is allowed to come to Parliament.

He said a request in this regard would be presented to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, adding that the Speaker has powers to decide on this matter.

He pointed out that the Speaker’s decision on MP Ramanayake is expected next Tuesday (9).

He stressed that the Speaker has a duty to make impartial and balanced decisions.