Sunday, July 08, 2012

UDA takes over the Central Cinema in Maradana

There is a story in the inner pages of today's Sunday Times that the Central Cinema is Maradana has been taken over. Unfortunately the web edition of the paper does not carry the story, but if you do have the paper take a look, its on the top of page 19 and easy to miss if one is not looking for it.

The gist of the report is that after the 8pm show ended on Friday a group of people including police and soldiers drove in and seized the premises.  When the owners went to the police to lodge a complaint they were asked to prove their ownership. On presentation of the relevant documents the police said there was little they could do since the UDA,which took over the premises is under the Defence Ministry.  

The UDA website however lists the Central cinema property which suggests that the officials were simply executing some older order but I can recall no report of this. I don't think it was a part of the takeover of under utilsed assets.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

For a change, today's papers have a lot of interesting stuff, from the Central Bank investment in Greek bonds, to the killing of a jungle cat, to a couple of issues at Sri Lankan Airlines.


bingo said...

According to the news paper the place is currently sealed and the CEL MD has stated that he will be taking legal action against this under the advices of his lawyer.

CEL lawyer Nithi Murugesu has stated that after several legal moves in June 2005, the district court has given a judgement in favour of them and the UDA was permanently injuncted and restrained from interference from CEL's business.

Jack Point said...

Thanks for the update, Bingo.