WATCH : Tense situation in Parliament over Ranjan, proceedings suspended

April 8, 2021 at 10:45 AM

Parliament proceedings were adjourned for 5 minutes after a tense situation arose today.
A tense situation was reported after Samagi Jana Balawegaya member Ranjan Ramanayake’s seat in Parliament was raised by Opposition MPs.

Members of the Opposition wore black bands for the proceedings today to protest the Speaker’s decision on Ranjan Ramanayake’s parliamentary seat.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced yesterday that MP Ramanayake’s seat has been rendered vacant.

The decision comes, after the Court of Appeal rejected a writ application filed by the SJB member seeking an order to prevent him from being removed as a member of Parliament.

Ramanayake was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court on charges of contempt of court.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission today announced that SJB member Ajith Mannapperuma’s name is to be gazetted to fill the vacant Parliamentary seat of Ranjan Ramanayake. (NewsWire)