Short Break

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought extra time to hear the fundamental rights application filed by state electronic media organisations against the Elections Commissioner.
The matter was put off for Wednesday March 31, as one of the judges, Justice Shirani Bandaranayake declined to hear the case for personal reasons.rn

rnThe other two judges endash Justices T B Weerasuriya and C N Jayasinghe endash said they did not have the opportunity to go through the material filed.rn

rnState-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corp. (SLRC), Independent Television Networks and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp. (SLBC) challenged the independent election chief on Tuesday, over his decision to takeover the media institutions.rn

rnElection Chief, Dayananda Dissanayake appointed a competent authority endash W D L Perera endash to run the media institutions until polls end on Friday.rn

rnDissanayake defended his move saying the state electronic media were highly biased towards President Chandrika Kumaratungas United Peop