The Colombo District Court today issued an Enjoining Order preventing Minister Wimal Weerawansa and three electronic media institutions from defaming All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Leader MP Rishad Bathiudeen.

The order is following a libel suit filed by Bathiudeen in connection with a statement made by Minister Weerawansa during a public gathering recently.

This order made by Colombo District Judge Amali Ranaweera will be effective until March 30.

Plaintiff Rishad Bathiudeen states that, the first defendant. Minister in a public speech held under the theme of ‘Islamic Extremism beyond the Easter Commission’ on March 9, 2021, had made a defamatory statement with malicious intent. He further said the statement made by Minister Wimal Weerawansa as the chief speaker of the event had been aired by three private television channels on the same day.

Plaintiff further pleads that because of the said defamatory statement, ex-facie the Plaintiff suffered grave injury and loss to his reputation, character and credit as an individual and politician.

Plaintiff stated that he has suffered loss and damage which he assesses at one billion rupees.


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