by AJA Abeynayake and Pradeep Prasanna Samarakoon
MP Ranajana Ramanayake yesterday said that he had not telephoned judges and it was the latter who had called him.
MP Ramanayake speaking from the dock and said that he had around 124,000 records of phone conversations he had had with many powerful persons including judges. A media organisation had published a distorted versions of his conversation records, he said.
MP Ramanayake said that he had parliamentary privileges so that he could speak to anyone and that he was ready to go to the Attorney General’s office and stay there supporting their investigations if he was given bail.
Additional Magistrate MUK Pelpola said that the MP would not be enlarged on bail as he might exert influence on witnesses.
When the case was taken up yesterday, State Counsel Janaka Bandara told the court that MP Ramanayake had links with senior judges, and there were 18 recordings of conversations between the MP and one of them.
At this point, the MP raised his hands, sought the permission of the court to make a statement and without waiting for the judge’s response, he said that he had only responded to calls from the judges and had not initiated conversations with them.
The counsel of the suspect MP warned him against making the statement but he continued to speak.