Contempt of court application by UNP
Appeal Court summons SLRC

By Chitra Weerarathne

Justice Upali de Z. Gunewardene, Judge of the Court of Appeal, yesterday issued summons returnable today on the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, its Chairman D. E. W. Gunasekera and Director General Saman Ediriweera, in respect of a contempt of Court Application, against the SLRC, its Chairman and its Director General. The application was filed by Gamini Athukorala, the General Secretary of the UNP.

The petitioner had filed a motion along with two cassettes, complaining that the SLRC has violated an agreement arrived at between the SLRC and Gamini Athukorala before the Court of Appeal, stating that the SLRC will not give priority to any political party or any candidate.

Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, who appeared for the complainant told court that the SLRC has violated the agreement and section 126 (8) of the Parliamentary Elections Act. No. 1 of 1981, as amended and that the SLRC should be punished for contempt of court.

He said that ninety percent of the programmes are meant to interview the candidates of one political party only. The two cassettes will demonstrate the violation. The SLRC is violating the People’s Right to franchise by giving them biased information.

Court: The respondents might say they only meant to educate the public. They had no political motives.

Upul Jayasuriya: But the cassettes and the affidavit by Gamini Athukorala will explain their motive.

The Court issued notice on the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and the connected officials of the management, returnable on October 6.