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* Sri Lanka Court orders TV stations to provide unedited video footage of state minister's controversial speech
Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 09:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 06, Colombo: The Colombo Chief Magistrates Court today ordered five television stations to provide to the police unedited video footage of the public speech which includes the controversial statement made by former State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake issued this order after considering a report submitted by the Police Organized Crime Investigation Division of Colombo.

The Organized Crime Investigation Division submitting a report to the court said investigations are being carried out in response to a complaint lodged by the organizer of the Sihala Ravaya organization Magalkande Sudantha Thero.

The police told the court that the relevant complaint had stated that Minister Maheswaran had violated the Constitution of the country by her recent statement at a meeting held at Veerasingham Hall in Jaffna that the LTTE had to be re-activated.

The police said they have already commenced investigations into the incident and requested the court to order 5 television stations to provide the unedited video footage of the Minister's statement in order to continue the investigations.

Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate who directed the police to further investigate the incident, ordered five television stations to take steps to provide the video footage requested by the police.

 

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