Private tutor sentenced for contempt of court

Private tutor sentenced for contempt of court

Private tutor sentenced for contempt of court

Written by Amani Nilar

05 Oct, 2022 | 5:41 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday (5) sentenced a private tutor convicted of contempt of court, and for also threatening Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC in court.

He was sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment suspended for 05 years.

The bench comprising of Justices Prithi Padman Surasena, Mahinda Samayawardena and Kumuduni Wickramasinghe imposed a fine of Rs. 300,000 on the private tutor Dr. Rohan Kodagoda, had ordered a lenient prison sentence of 03 months if he did not pay the fine.

When he was serving as an MP, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC had filed a case previously before the Supreme Court requesting an order to prevent private tution classes from taking place on Sunday's when Dhamma Schools, or Sunday Schools are taking place.

Thereafter several private tutors had requested to be part of the matter as intermediaries, and when the application was taken up the private tutor had criticized the MP, and addressed him in a threatening manner.

The Supreme Court concluded that the statement made in open court had caused contempt of court and ordered for the Attorney General to file a case against him under charges of contempt of court.

The respondent tutor, who had refused to plead guilty to the charge, apologized to MP Rajapaksa as well as the court when the case was called before the open court on Wednesday (5).

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