MTV/Sirasa served enjoining order over defamatory claims against George Steuart Health
November 23, 2020 05:00 pm
The Colombo District Court has issued an enjoining order against MTV Channel Private Limited after considering a defamation case filed by George Steuart Health (Pvt) Limited over defamatory news broadcast on its prime time news telecasts against the company and its chairman Dilith Jayaweera.
The Plaint referred to several false and defamatory news segments telecast by Sirasa NewsFirst on 11th, 13th, 16th and 19th November referring to the import of Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits by George Steuart Health.
The plaintiff in their plaint listed out the repeated instances of mischievously fabricated, factually incorrect news designed with malice to mislead the public and thereby to defame George Steuart Health as well as the chairman of George Steuart & Co.
The damages claimed amount to Rs. 2 billion.
The enjoining order issued today (23) prevents MTV Channel and its agents and employees from defaming George Steuart Health, its chairman and its key officers in any manner and in any forum whatsoever.
George Steuart Health pleaded that at all times the Defendant had acted with mala fides, with express malice against them, unlawfully and in violation of the Plaintiff’s rights.
The Plaintiff specifically claimed that the said malice emanates from a longstanding rivalry between the media houses led by George Steuarts and Derana Chairman Dilith Jayaweera and Capital Maharaja Chairman Rajendram Rajamahendran (Kili Maharaja).
George Steuart Health was represented by Romesh de Silva PC, Ruwantha Cooray, Attorney-at-Law, S. Vasanthakumar Niles, Attorney-at-Law, instructed by Sanath Wijewardana, Attorney-at-Law.