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Colombo Chief Magistrate Directs Official Languages Dept to Provide Sinhala and Tamil Transcripts of Ex-State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran’s Controversial LTTE Resurgence Speech Video Footage.

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By
Lakmal Sooriyagoda

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday issued an order directing the Department of Official Languages to provide the Sinhala and Tamil transcripts of the video footage pertaining to the alleged offensive statement made by former State Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran regarding the resurgence of the LTTE at a public gathering held in Jaffna.

Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake made this order pursuant to a request made by the Organised Crimes Prevention Division.

Filing a motion in Court, the Organised Crimes Prevention Division informed that two TV channels, DAN TV and Hiru TV had already handed over the video footage pertaining to the statement to the Police. In order to carry out further investigations into the incident, it is required to have the Sinhala and Tamil transcripts of the video footage, police informed court.

On July 6, the Chief Magistrate’s Court issued an order directing several media institutions to produce their unedited video footage and paper articles pertaining to this controversial statement.

Filing a B report regarding this incident, the Organized Crimes Prevention Division alleged that the former State Minister could be charged under the offences that appears to have been committed under Section 115 and 120 of the Penal Code, violating the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and provisions stipulated under Article 157A of the Constitution.

Article 157A of the Constitution provides Constitutional provisions for prohibition against the violation of the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

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