14 January 2021
Ranjan Ramanayake, deputy minister in the former government of then-President Maithripala Sirisena, was given rigorous imprisonment for four years over his remarks alleging the majority of judges in Sri Lanka were corrupt. Judge said that he was sentenced for contempt of court.
A complaint was filed in the Supreme Court by Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thero and retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera. The case was heard before a three-judge bench.
Following the change in government, Ramanayake was arrested and charged for allegedly recording more than 100,000 personal phone calls. The sometimes lewd and compromising contents were leaked on social media early last year. Recordings included discussion of court cases with judges, police, politicians and local celebrities. A separate investigation into the recordings is pending.
Ranjan Ramanayake, is a Sri Lankan politician, actor, film director, singer and script writer who appeared in a number of Sinhala language films. He is currently a Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian.
Aljazeera and Colombopage.com reported.