Last Resort

June 9, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s CBNSat a local cable television operator — is appealing to customers to be patient while they engage in a court battle aimed at re-starting operations. Sleuths from the criminal investigation department switched off the equipment at CBNSat’s affiliate company SonicNet technology, bringing its activities to a halt.

The company had also asked the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to hold an inquiry and allow its operations to continue, and to restore its services pending a final decision, Chief Executive Muhunthan Canagey told journalists Friday.

CBNSat is alleging that police action to shut down its operations last Tuesday were unlawful.

Though police had a search warrant issued by a magistrate, the company alleges that the warrant did not permit sleuths from the Criminal Investigation Department to switch off equipment.

A technical report by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation technicians is due to be filed in court on Monday, until which time court has allowed the equipment to remain switched off.

“Until the CID action is reversed or reviewed, SonicNet Technolgies (Pvt) Ltd will unless it is otherwise advised, be unab