Find source of ABC news item, SC directs
The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Attorney General to find the
source of the news item broadcast by Asian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) about LTTE attacking village in the South in October, last year.
Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva PC made the direction when the contempt
proceedings against ABC Managing Director Raynor de Silva was mentioned
before the court.
The court however, noted that the investigations would not be a bar
to grant of a new media licence. The CJ noted that plight of the
employees should be considered in granting the media licence to the
Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardane for petitioner gave an under taking that
the petitioner would assist the AG to conduct the investigations. The
Bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva PC with Justice Nimal
Gamini Amaratunga and Justice Saleem Marsoof PC. Earlier the MD pleaded
innocence and stated in the affidavit that he had not intentionally
misrepresented or suppressed facts by way of his affidavit.
The court earlier dismissing the Fundamental Rights case filed by ABC
ordered the MD to explain as to why he had misled the court in the
pleadings of his affidavit tendered along with the rights application of
ABC, the petitioner in the rights application sought a court
directive to quash the order of suspension of its broadcast licence by
the Media Ministry.
The Media Ministry had suspended the ABC licence due to the broadcast
of false news that had created panic among the people in the south.
Sanjeewa Jayawardane instructed by Sudath Perera Associates appeared for
Presidentís Counsel Palitha Kumarasinghe with I. Idroos appeared for
the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and its Director General.
Senior State Counsel Nerin Pulle appeared for the respondents.
The case will be mentioned on March 17.