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Contemptuous statement by State Minister Sanath Nishantha:

Court of Appeal fixes date to deliver its decision to issue summons

The Court of Appeal yesterday fixed for September 29 to deliver its decision whether to issue summons to Water Supply State Minister Sanath Nishantha to appear before the Court over two petitions seeking to file charges against him for a contemptuous statement made by him in relation to the Judiciary and the judicial officers.

The petitions were taken up before the Court of Appeal Bench comprising Justices Nissanka Bandula Karunarathne and R. Gurusinghe. When the petitions were taken up before the Court of Appeal President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris and Upul Jayasuriya appearing for the petitioners made submissions over the petitions. President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya said that the whole judicial system was slandered due to the statement made by State Minister Nishantha. President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris, making submissions before the Court of Appeal said that it has been mentioned in the statement made by State Minister Nishantha undermined the judiciary and that the Law of the country is not being implemented. President’s Counsel also alleged that through his contemptuous statement, he has expressed an opinion that undermines public trust in the Judiciary.

He also said that previously, two editors of leading Newspapers had been convicted for slandering the judicial process by the Court of Appeal. Therefore, this statement should also be considered as a huge damage to the judicial system and he sought to issue summons to State Minister Nishantha from the Court.

Considering the facts, The Court of Appeal fixed for September 29 to deliver its decision whether to issue summons to State Minister Sanath Nishantha. The Court of Appeal also ordered that the decision regarding the interim orders will be delivered on the same day. The petition says that State Minister Sanath Nishatha had made a contemptuous statement scandalizing the Judiciary and the judicial officers, in response to a question raised by a journalist at a press conference, which was held at SLPP Headquarters on August 23.

 


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