Court orders AG to probe how Ranjan’s tapes were leaked

A magistrate has ordered the Attorney General to investigate how recordings of telephone conversations seized from the residence of Actor-politician Ranjan Ramanayake by police have been released to the public domain.

The Nugegoda Additional Magistrate H U K Pelpola issued the order when Ramanayake was produced before him this morning, Jan 17.

Ramanayake’s lawyer Asha Kumari Kahawatte asked the court as to how the recordings which were taken into custody from the Parliamentarian’s official residence, and sealed as court productions be given to the media.

She questioned how these court productions are being misused in this manner.

Deputy Solicitor-General Dileepa Peiris told the court that before the police raided Ramanayake’s house a copy of the CD containing the controversial recordings had been given to police by another person.

Peiris also said that if there is evidence that anyone had leaked the sealed productions, action against them would be taken under the law.

The state attorney also said that the CDs in possession of the police are currently being examined by the Government Analyst’s Department and information such as when these CDs were last used would be revealed.

The Magistrate ordered that the Attorney General personally investigate as to how these recordings have been released to a third party and how that took place.

Ramanayake was produced in court over him being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, which he says is the official weapon issued to all Members of Parliament.

This case is to come before the Magistrate on February 7.

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The recordings of Ramanayake’s telephone conversations that have been released have roiled Sri Lankan society as it revealed the cosy relationships that politicians, police officers and judges have with each other.

Salacious and sometimes sexually explicit, the “Ranjangate” tapes of conversations he has had with movie stars and other friends and acquaintances have also affected Ramanayake’s party the UNP.

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