The case was filed against former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake over Contempt of Court charges for making defamatory remarks against the judiciary on the 21st of August in 2017.
Speaking to the media following a meeting with then-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees, Ramanayake had claimed that the majority of judges in the country issue biased rulings and that they are corrupt.
Ven. Magalkande Sudatta Thera and Retd. Air Force Officer Sunil Perera had filed two petitions with the Supreme Court stating that such defamatory comments can shatter public confidence and portray a warped image of the judiciary to the citizens.
Based on these complaints, the Attorney General had later served the charges against Ramanayake before the Supreme Court.