FR petition regarding Satana to proceed in the Supreme Court(Watch Video)

FR petition regarding Satana to proceed in the Supreme Court(Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

08 May, 2015 | 6:40 am

The Supreme Court has granted leave to proceed, for a fundamental rights petition, which was filed in connection to the alleged blocking of the telecast of the Satana program on Sirasa TV, in the run up to the Presidential election, last year.

The petition was filed by Attorney at Law Manju Sri Chandrasena.

The peition cites Sri Lanka Telecom, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, the Minister of Media and the Secretary to the Ministry of Media, as respondents.

The petitioner states that the transmission of the Satana program on the Peo TV service, was blocked on the 22nd of November, when he was preparing to watch the program. The petitioner states that his attempts to made inquiries from Peo TV were unsuccessful, and that when he made inquiries from Sirasa TV, he was informed that the program was underway and that the telecast was blocked by Peo TV.

The petition claims that his fundamental rights have been violated as a result of him being prevented from watching the Satana program.

Granting leave to proceed today, the Supreme Court ordered that the petition be taken up on the 14th of July, in order to ascertain facts.

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