Friday, August 04, 2006

Court permit SonicNet to maintain transmission equipment - The Island 4th Aug 2006

SonicNet Technologies will be permitted to inspect and service their satellite transmission equipment and make tests for transmission.

The CID and the Minister for Media and Mass Comuunication, yesterday consented before the Supreme Court to permit this when the fundamental rights violation was taken up before the Supreme Court, yesterday.

Romesh De Silva PC, who appeared for the petitioner said that the transmission equipment is sophistocated and needed to be serviced regularly. If not functioning will be impaired.

The respondents agreed to permit the inspection and the servicing, and if possible come to a compromised settlement for test tranmission, subject to safeguards.

The Minister of Media in the objections had said that the LTTE also transmitted through the same satellite and the technology used by SonicNet made monitoring by the SLRC difficult.

Romesh De Silva PC, appeared with Sugath Caldera, instructed by G.G. Arulpragasam for SonicNet (Pvt) Ltd.,

The Deputy Solicitor General Palitha Fernando appeared for the Attorney General.

Palitha Kumarasinghe PC appeared for the TRC, also made a respondent. D.S. Wijesinghem PC, apeared for the minister.

The Bench comprised the Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Justice N.K. Udalagama and Justice Andrew Somawanse.

The application will be called again on November 23, 2006.

By Chitra Weerarathne

** We believe there has been a printing error and the date should read as August 23, 2006 and not November 23, 2006. - Admin, CBNSat Forum

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