Former Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake who is serving a prison sentence for Contempt of Court yesterday pleaded guilty to the second charge of Contempt of Court before the Supreme Court yesterday.
He pleaded guilty after withdrawing his earlier statement in Court that he was not guilty of the charge.
Admitting his guilt, Ranjan Ramanayake said that he would unconditionally express regret, if the Supreme Court ruling that his statement was insulting or contemptuous.
Ramanayake also stated before the Supreme Court that he did not intend to belittle the Supreme Court in a statement made during a “Wada Pitiya” programme on TV Derana.
The second Contempt of Court case against Ranjan Ramanayake was taken up before a Bench comprising Supreme Court Judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, L.T.B Dehideniya and Gamini Amarasekera.
President’s Counsel Anura Maddegoda, appearing for Ramanayake said that his client had no intention of insulting the judiciary by making a statement which was based on the case and that he was regretting unconditionally if there was any contempt. Accordingly, Ranjan Ramanayake was allowed to make that statement.
Making that statement Ranjan Ramanayake stated that if the Supreme Court is of the opinion that the statement has caused any insult, humiliation or contempt, he will unconditionally regret it.