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* Sri Lankan court dismisses petition by opposition MP against media company
Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 11:34 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 12, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court yesterday dismissed a petition filed by a United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian against a media company.

Matara Additional Magistrate Manjula Tilakaratne has dismissed without subjecting to the cost, a case filed by the UNP parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera against the Sirasa media institution.

The court last month issued notice on Chairman and Managing Director of Capital Maharaja Organization Limited (MTV/MBC Networks), Sashi Rajamahendran to appear before the court on December 11th.

Rajamahendran was issued notice to appear in court over a complaint filed by Samaraweera of a hate campaign carried out by Rajamahendran's media institution against the UNP.

MP Samaraweera had filed a petition under article 18 of the penal code demanding the Chairman of Maharaja Broadcasting Company summoned to the court and warned since the media practice of Sirasa TV is detrimental to the peace of the country.

The case alleged that the Sirasa media institution acted in an immoral way by reporting false information over the media coverage about the clash that took place between two groups of the party in Matara.

However, after hearing the submissions of Counsel Rienzie Arsakularathna, the magistrate decided to dismiss the petition without taking it up for consideration. The respondent Rajamahendran without appearing in court made submissions yesterday in court by way of a motion filed on behalf of him.

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