Settlement under consideration in CSN writ petition

The Attorney General yesterday informed Court of Appeal that a settlement is under consideration regarding the writ petition filed by Carlton Sports Network (CSN) that sought an order quashing the Mass Media Secretary’s decision to revoke the Terrestrial Television Broadcasting License of CSN.

When the petition came up before Court of Appeal President Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Shiran Gunaratne, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appearing for the Attorney General informed about a possible settlement into the writ petition. The petition was fixed for October 8 to look into the progress of the settlement.

In its writ petition, the CSN had cited the Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Secretary, the Mass Media Minister, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General as respondents.

The petitioner stated that no communication or intimation whatsoever has been made to the petitioner company by the respondents that there was any issue or allegation pertaining to the petitioner’s television Broadcasting License dated 2011 March 3 prior to the said media announcement of a abrupt revocation.

The petitioner stated that to the best of its knowledge and belief, it has not violated any of the terms and conditions contained in its said Television Broadcasting License dated March 3, 2011. President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appeared for the petitioner. Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appeared for the Attorney General.

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