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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

Douglas filed 4th defamation case against ‘Uthayan’ demanding Rs.500 million in compensation

By K.T.Rajasingham
Colombo, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Minister Douglas Devananda, a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Jaffna, has filed at the District Court of Jaffna, the fourth defamation case on Friday 26 April, against Uthayan, a Tamil language newspaper published from Jaffna, by New Uthayan Publication (Pvt) Ltd., demanding Rs.500 million compensation with interest.

In the meantime Minister Douglas Devananda has already filled three more defamation cases against Uthayan Tamil newspaper in the District Court Jaffna and those cases are being heard and final verdicts pending.

Minister Douglas Devananda, Secretary General of the EPDP gave up militancy and joined the mainstream politics in 1989 and also gave up the policy of separate state of Tamil Eelam, to a united, undivided Sri Lanka.

He recently told Asian Tribune that his major political aim was to achieve happy and joyous way of life for Tamils in Sri Lanka. He also said that Tamils in Sri Lanka must live with equality, honor and dignity alike those in the South of the country. He said that he would strive hard to achieve those noble aims.

Though Minister Douglas Devananda has given up militancy and join the mainstream politics, his political opponents use to come up with unsubstantiated allegations as he was involved in para-military activities and other acts of violence, which he has denied umpteen times.

Though he has made his political position clear, Uthayan newspaper has come up with news reports which he has taken a serious objection.

“Why government is trying to promote as Tamil Leaders, proclaimed offenders Douglas, KP – Queries Sumanthiran MP in the Parlliament,” was the news report that appeared in the Uthayan newspaper on 7th November 2012, and published as a lead news item, was considered objectionable by Minister Douglas Devananda.

The said news item published in the Uthayan newspaper was attributed as a statement made by Sumanthiran MP in the floor of the parliament, considered false, derogatory, far from truth, baseless, flawed, defamatory in nature and Minsiter Douglas Devananda took serious exception to the content of the news item and filed the fourth defamatory case against Uthayan newspaper on last Friday at the District court of Jaffna.

He has claimed Rs.500 million as compensation with interest to the said amount from the day the case was filed in the district court and he has appealed to the court to arrange the payment of compensation with interest from Uthayan newspaper publishers, from the day verdict would be delivered by the district court.

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