State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake has lodged a complaint with the Mirihana Police against Iraj stating that he has distorted a statement by Ramanayake and released it to social media.
Another ICCPR case?
It is also reported that Ramanayake in his complaint has requested to consider whether Iraj had violated the provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No. 56 of 2007.
However, there are serious allegations against the Act and the Asian Human Rights Center points out that its main weakness is that only the matters falling under Article 3 are considered crimes.
They also point out that the matters falling under the other clauses are fundamental rights and therefore cannot afford to file a criminal case against the respondent.
Ranjan will not apologize to clergy
However, the monks have strongly criticized Ramanayake for insulting the Buddhist clergy.
He was also pressurized to apologize to the Buddhist clergy.
The State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake has stressed that there is no need to apologize to Buddhist clergy, as he had not insulted them.
He said that he was referring to a problem of a handful of monks and not an issue of the Maha Sangha.
Unite National Party (UNP) Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had asked the Minister to submit an explanation regarding the statement made by him and he has met the Prime Minister on 17July to explain the situation.