The petition brought forth against former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe over alleged contempt of court has been fixed for hearing on 03 January, 2024.
During proceedings yesterday (30), the Appeals Court instructed Ranasinghe to file his objections, if any, on or before 15 December.
The petition has been filed by attorney-at-law Dimitri Shiraz Augustus Pietrangeli, alleging that a statement made by the former minister during a recent parliamentary session was prejudicial to the president of the appeals court, his career and character.
The petitioner claims that as per the parliamentary tradition, such statements cannot be made in respect of the judges of the country’s top court.
The petitioner requested the court to impose appropriate punishments against Ranasinghe regarding charges of contempt of court and to ask him to show cause as to why he should not be penalized.