Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Court refuses interim order in CBNSat Case - Daily Mirror 18th July 2006

Colombo District Court Judge Aruna C. Ranasinghe yesterday refused to issue an interim order to restrain the CID from preventing the Plaintiffs entering their company premises, in an application filed by SonicNet Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.,, the Cable TV station which was sealed following a CID search operation.

Ther satellite tv station had noticed three police officers Chief Inspector U.K Mahindadasa OIC, CID Cmmercial Crimes Unit-11, SSP Ravi Waidyalankara and SI Thilak Bandara.

Plaintiff SonicNet Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., of 83 George R. De Silva Mawatha, Kotahena affliated company of CBNSat (Pvt) Ltd., had sued CID officers personally asking for an order and also demanding Rs 50 Million as damages.

Plaintiff informed court that SonicNet was continuing its transmission on a license granted by the TRC. Plaintiff claimed that on several occasions it had assisted the SLRC to conduct its transmission from places to which it had no access.

SonicNet stated that on June 06 2006, the defendant CID officers visited the Plaintiffs office with a search warrant issued by the Magitrates Court of Colombo, to search the premises. At this stage the CID, acting illegally and unlawfully, shutdown, disconnected, and sealed the licensed telecommunication system, CBNSat, of the plaintiff.

Plaintiff asked the Court for a declaration that the alleged act by the CID officers was illegal and estimated the damage caused to it at Rs 50 Million.

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