Court Decision

Gampaha District Judge Chaturika de Silva yesterday ordered the Board of Directors of Fonterra to be present in court on August 23 on charges of contempt of court.

The Judge mandated filing of contempt charges on that date. The order was sequel to the board of directors of Fonterra by way of selling and advertising food products acting therefore contrary to an earlier injunction restraining them from such conduct.

The complainant in this case is the Government Nurses Union. (Rajaye Heda Niladaringe Sangamaya).

The Judge refused to lift (suspend) the injunction imposed on the respondent, an importer of milk based food products from New Zealand. Counsel for the complainant submitted that the respondent entity had acted contrary to the court order by advertising in web portals that the distributing agents are not affected by the court directive.

This was held to be contempt of court. Attorney at Law Ukkwatte Liyanage Sudath Nilupul Perera instructed by Sudath Perera Associates appearing for the respondent submitted that by virtue of the injunction there might be a milk powder shortage since the respondent supplies 60 – 70 pc of milk powder to the market.

(Courtesy: Daily News)