President Mahinda Rajapakse is likely to grant pardon to jailed UNP frontliner S.B.Dissanayake who had been sentenced to two years for contempt of court.
A Presidential source said though the President could pardon Mr. Dissanayake by virtue of his executive powers, President Rajapakse was likely to consult the Supreme Court before deciding on the matter. Mr. Dissanayake was sentenced to jail on December 08 last year by a bench of five Supreme Court judges chaired by the Chief justice, Sarath N. Silva.
Prisons Commissioner General Rumi Marzook said the term of Mr. Dissanayake`s imprisonment would expire between April 10 and 15 next year.
Several opposition party parliamentians had reportedly requested President Rajapakse to grant pardon to Mr. Dissanayake before his prison term ends.