A petition accusing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Sanath Nishantha of contempt of court has been filed.
A lawyer filed the petition with the Court of Appeal today (29).
Several people accused MP Sanath Nishantha of contempt of court last week (24).
In a statement to the media on Monday (23), MP Sanath Nishantha said that officers from the Attorney General’s Department and some judges are to blame for releasing criminals involved in the recent violence in Sri Lanka.
“Some judges should take responsibility for this because they release these criminals on bail in one day,” he said.
According to the SLPP MP, bail can only be obtained from the High Court in cases involving the Public Property Act and the Archaeology Act, but several magistrates are now issuing bail.
Following that, the Fort Magistrate directed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate alleged contempt of court statements made by SLPP MP Sanath Nishantha.
The Fort Magistrate ordered the CID to obtain original videos of MP Sanath Nishantha’s controversial statements during a press conference.
The Magistrate also directed the CID to investigate whether the MP made any comments that slandered the judiciary.