AG wants copies of Ranjan’s calls with Judge Pilapitiya for legal action
The Attorney General (AG) has asked the Acting Inspector General of Police to provide him with copies of the recordings of 12 telephone conversations said to have taken place between High Court Judge Gehan Pilapitiya and Actor-politician Ranjan Ramanayake.
In a copy of a letter released to Media by the AG’s office Deputy Solicitor-General Dileepa Peiris, signing on behalf of the AG Dappula de Livera says these conversations have taken place between January 1, 2015, and 31 December 2019.
The letter says that these recordings are “needed for future legal action.”
The recordings are at the centre of allegations that there was a conspiracy between the Judge and the Actor over the purported granting of bail to a suspect in a case before Pilapitiya when he was the Colombo Chief Magistrate.
Yesterday in a letter addressed to the AIGP Chandana Wickremeratne, AG Dappula de Livera instructed the Police to immediately “invoke the judicial process” and take action on this case “today” Feb 11.
However, the Police did not arrest Pilapitiya yesterday.
Pilapitiya is now the Judge of the Embilipitiya High Court but has been interdicted by the Judicial Services Commission due to the investigation.
Previously on Jan 23, the AG ordered the Wickramaratne to arrest Pilapitiya but that was not carried through.
In a letter addressed to the Secretary to the President on Feb 8, IGP Wickremaratne has stated that he had referred these instructions from the AG to arrest Pilapitiya to an internal Police committee comprising three Senior Deputy Inspectors General and two other officers.
He had also assigned a senior officer to conduct an investigation into the leaked phone conversation.
Wickramaratne says the committee found that Pilapitiya had lodged complaints against Ramanayake in the 2015-2016 period for exerting pressure on him and also threatening him over the phone.
Investigations had been conducted at the time and Pilapitiya had continued to engage with Ramanayake as per instructions from the Police.
The IGP also concluded that it has not been verified whether the voices heard on the leaked tape are actually those of the actor and the judge.