Supreme Court turns down TRCSL appeal
Objecting to implement digital TV telecasting in SL:
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.