Ranjan Ramanayake’s Parliamentary Membership cannot be revoked, SJB finds legal interpretation (VIDEO)

Ranjan Ramanayake’s Parliamentary Membership cannot be revoked, SJB finds legal interpretation (VIDEO)

13 January 2021 10:25 pm

There is a legal argument suggesting that the parliamentary membership of Ranjan Ramanayake, who was convicted guilty for Contempt of Court and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of four years, will not be revoked due to the Supreme Court verdict, SJB MP Dr. Harsha De Silva disclosed. 

The MP made this observation speaking to a press conference held at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition today (13).

In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of Sri Lanka relating to the revocation of the membership of Parliament, a MP should be convicted of an offense punishable by imprisonment for a term of over two years, and should be imprisoned for a minimum period of six months, Dr. Silva said.

However, nowhere does the Constitution suggest that a convict of Contempt of Court should be punished by imprisonment of over two years, for the period of the sentence is predicted by the Bench which declares the verdict, he went on, thereby suggesting that Mr. Ramanayake's parliamentary membership cannot be revoked on the basis. 

MIAP