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The District Court vacated one of the three injunctions issued against the ICT Agency’s rural telecom licensing process Tuesday. The District Court vacated one of the three injunctions issued against the ICT Agency’s rural telecom licensing process Tuesday.

The country’s seven network operators took the caretakers of the government’s eSri Lanka initiative to courts over the legality of the Agency issuing telecom licenses – by law coming under the preview of the telecom regulator and the subject ministry.

In its defence, the Agency filed papers in Court with the argument that the licensing process was carried out pursuant to a series of approvals granted by the Cabinet of Ministers.

ICT Agency’s Legal Advisor Jayantha Fernando said the regional telecom networks are an integral component of the e-Sri Lanka project. “All the required legal approvals have been obtained before the Agreements were signed.”

Agency officials said the Cabinet authorised the ICT Agency in October 2004 to proceed with the program component of the eSri Lanka Development Project, including the rural telecom licensing process.

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