Police spokesman silenced


(The Sunada Leader 23rd Nov)

An enjoining order was issued by the Colombo District Court on Friday on Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ranjith Gunasekera preventing him from making defamatory statements against the MTV channel.

District Judge Sisira Ratnayake had made the order following a civil suit filed by the television station claiming Rs. 100 million as damages from SSP Gunasekera.

MTV Channel Private Limited in its plaint had complained that SSP Gunasekara had been issuing malicious and defamatory statements against the respective media organisation and sending letters to the Chief Justice, Media Minister, IGP, Media Centre for National Security, Press Complaint Commission, other media institutions and all the police stations to be displayed in their notice boards in official letterheads of the Police Department.

Counsel Romesh de Silva PC, appearing for the plaintiff had told court that issuing such statements using police letterheads was not a duty assigned to the Police Media Spokesperson and that it was illegal and unlawful. MTV Channel had told court that SSP Gunasekara had issued several letters criticising media personnel and media reports telecast over the channel’s news segments and alleged that it was done deliberately to create a bad impression among the general public and to destroy its reputation.

The channel had further requested for an order preventing SSP Gunasekara from making any defamatory statements and a declaration that the defendant has no right to make any defamatory statement against MTV channel Private Limited.

Romesh de Silva PC with Attorneys Sugath Caldera and Eraj de Silva appeared for the plaintiff.