Notice was issued on Sirasa Network Chairman R. Rajamahendran (also known as RR and ‘Kili’ Rajamahendran) to appear before the Matara Additional Magistrate’s Court after UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera filed a criminal case against him accusing the channel of inciting a witch-hunt against his supporters using his broadcasting network.
Samaraweera has filed action against Sirasa and its Chairman for telecasting news and views and that violate the peace. The UNP MP has accused the Sirasa Network of repeatedly promoting the protest march against Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership of the party on 5 October, leading to violent clashes on the streets of Matara on that day.
He has accused Rajamahendaran and his network of the malicious and unethical abuse of the media aimed at dividing the UNP.
The famously reclusive Chairman of the Capital Maharaja Group has been ordered to appear in Court on December 11.
Questions are however emerging at Sirasa Network as to why Samaraweera has not cited Ceylon Today and Mawbima proprietor Tiran Alles as a respondent in the case.
Sirasa and Mawbima and Ceylon Today have often published deeply prejudicial news about the UNP, its leadership and members loyal to the leadership in tandem.
Samaraweera has a history with Alles, having formed the SLFP Mahajana wing with the businessman after they quit the Rajapaksa Government. Alles was appointed Chairman of Airports and Aviation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after he became President in 2005, but he was introduced to SLFP politics by Samaraweera.