Supreme Court turns down TRCSL ap­peal

Ob­ject­ing to im­ple­ment dig­i­tal TV tele­cast­ing in SL:

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

A three-mem­ber Supreme Court bench presided by Chief Jus­tice Priyasath Dep, PC turned down a Leave to Pro­ceed ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted by the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), ob­ject­ing to es­tab­lish­ing a Dig­i­tal Tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing net­work by the Tele­vi­sion and Ra­dio Net­work (TRN).

The tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing sta­tion of the TRN, which op­er­ated the pop­u­lar TV Lanka tele­vi­sion chan­nel from the year 2000 in Sri Lanka and through­out the world, was closed down by the CID and TRCSL of­fi­cers in May 2012 al­leg­ing that TRN op­er­ated a dig­i­tal broad­cast­ing net­work with­out TRCSL au­thor­ity.

When the mat­ter was taken up at the Colombo Mag­is­trate Court in June 2012, Mag­is­trate Nis­han­tha Peiris or­dered the CID to re­store the tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing sta­tion im­me­di­ately to its orig­i­nal state, re­fus­ing the plea of TRCSL to con­tinue the shut­down.

The fre­quen­cies as­signed to TRN was can­celled by TRCSL in De­cem­ber 2012 and also the re­quest for ex­ten­sion of the fre­quency li­cence for the year 2013 was also re­fused by TRCSL.

The TRN ap­pealed against the TRCSL ac­tion to the Court of Ap­peal stat­ing that the ac­tion of TRCSL is ul­tra vires and TRN has all nec­es­sary Li­censes to carry out Dig­i­tal Pay Tele­vi­sion trans­mis­sion in Sri Lanka.

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