GEORGE STEUART HEALTH COUNSEL CONSENTS FOR THE DISTRICT JUDGE OF COLOMBO TO HEAR DEFAMATION ACTION AGAINST MTV CHANNEL PRIVATE LIMITED
When the defamation action filed by George Steuart Health (Pvt) Ltd against MTV Channel Private Limited came up before the Additional District Judge Hon. Sandun Withana in Court No.6 on 13th of January 2021, he refused to hear the case and made an order to transfer this case back to Court No.1 to the Learned District Judge Hon. Rashantha Godawela to hear the case. When the case was taken up at District Court Number 01 on the same day namely 13th of January 2021, Learned District Judge Rashantha Godawela informed both parties that he can proceed to hear the case in District Court Number 01.
However, President’s Counsel Romesh De Silva appearing for George Steuart Health (Pvt) Ltd, made an application to court to postpone the case for him to obtain instructions from his client. Court allowed the application and ordered to call this case today.
When the case came up today before District Judge Rashantha Godawela, Mr. Romesh De Silva P.C, Counsel for George Steuart Health (Pvt) Ltd, informed court that he is consenting to this case to be heard before the Learned District Judge Honourable Rashantha Godawela.
Counsel who appeared for MTV Channel Private Limited brought to the notice of Court that when this case came up on the previous occasion, namely on 8th of January 2021, he had objected to a motion and an Affidavit filed on behalf of George Steuart Health (Pvt) Ltd on the basis that it was in complete contravention of the provisions of the Civil Procedure Code and that therefore the said motion and the documents filed along with it by George Steuart Health (Pvt) Ltd, should be rejected – Counsel for MTV reserved his right to object to this, at the time of the Inquiry – Court allowed the said application made by the Counsel for MTV.
Court fixed this case for Inquiry in regard to the application for interim injunction on 8th of February 2021 and the enjoining order valid up to 8th February 2021.
Mr. Uditha Egalahewa President’s Counsel, Mr. Jeevantha Jayathilaka, Mr Niranjan Arulpragasam, Mr. Damitha Karunaratne, Mr. N K Ashokbharan, Mr. Miyuru Egalahewa, and other counsels appeared for the defendant instructed by Mr. G G Arulpragasam.
Mr. Romesh de Silva PC and Mr. Ruwantha Cooray Attorney at Law appeared for the defendant instructed by Mr Sanath Wijewardena