The Court of Appeal yesterday issued summons on the President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya to appear before the court on May 22 and show cause as to why he should not be punished for contempt of the Court of Appeal for having caused an affront to the dignity of the court by making abusive public statements consequent to the Court of Appeal judgement dated Jan. 31, 2017. By that judgement the Court of Appeal ordered the Sri Lanka Medical Council to provisionally register the MBBS graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, Malabe (SAITM).
The bench comprising Justices Vijith K. Malalgoda (President/CA) and S. Thurairaja issued an interim order restraining and/or preventing him from committing, making and/or publishing further contemptuous statements/articles scandalising the Court of Appeal until the conclusion of the case.
Convener of the National Movement for Social Justice (NMS) Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya and Co-convener of the Puravesi Balaya (Citizens’ Power) Gamini Viyangoda filed the contempt application against Dr. Padeniya.
Upul Jayasuriya with Chandimal Rajapakse and Lakna Seniviratne instructed by Chitrananda Liyanage appeared for the petitioners.
The petitioners stated that the Court of Appeal delivered the judgment on 31 January 2017 inter alia issuing a Writ of Mandamus compelling the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register the MBBS graduates of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) provisionally as medical practitioners and also issued a Writ of Prohibition preventing it from refusing to register the MBBS graduates of SAITM.
The GMOA, they said, has condemned and/or openly criticised the said judgment demanding to annul it and/or set it aside.
The petitioners further stated that the GMOA had called for a national front and trade union action against SAITM following the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
The GMOA on 7 April 2017 had organised a protest march and delivered a speech in which the respondent delivered a speech and made deliberate, malicious and contemptuous statements in relation to the court process, judgment and the conduct of the judges as well as the Attorney General, they added.
According to the petitioners, in an interview, GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Soysa said the President should exercise his executive powers to quash the Appeal Court ruling. The petitioners also alleged that the conduct of the respondent obstructs the due administration of justice coercing other authorities to apply pressure on the court.
The petitioners are seeking the court to deal with the respondent and punish him for committing the offense of contempt of court.
(Compiled from Media Reports in Newspaers and Web Sites)