Agriculture Minister to settle defamation case against ITN
COLOMBO: Colombo District Judge Aruna C. Ranasinghe allowed an
application to settle the defamation case filed by Agriculture Minister
Hemakumara Nanayakkara against the Independence Television Network (ITN)
when the ITN expressed its regrets
to Minister Nanayakkara for causing pain of mind and for any
inconvenience caused to the Minister by telecasting the news based on
the interview by one Vijaya de Alwis on June 7, 2005,news telecast.
Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara who filed a defamation case against
ITN stated that facts in the interview telecast on June 7, 2005 were
defamatory of him. The Minister also in his defamatory case stated that
the news based on the interview was telecast without verifying facts
independently and impartially. He claimed Rs.300 million as damages.
Senior Counsel Chandana Liyanapatabendi with Indika Muhandiram and
Rangika Pilapitiya instructed by Iresha Samaraweera appeared for the
Senior Counsel Ravi Jayawardene with Samantha Vithana instructed by
Sandamali Pathirana appeared for the ITN.