Parliamentary committee calls for Police probe into corruption at Sri Lanka Cricket
ECONOMYNEXT – The Parliamentary Committee On Public Enterprises, chaired by MP Sunil Handunnetti, is recommending that a complaint be lodged at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to inquire into the tenders for international televised and radio broadcasting rights at Sri Lanka Cricket.
The recommendation was made by the COPE when the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) was summoned before the committee yesterday to inquire about alleged corruption at SLC.
It was revealed that the SLC had to suffer a loss of Rs 3.1 billion in granting international televised and radio broadcasting rights to Taj TV, the Dubai-based owners of the leading sports channel Ten Sports.
Also, it was revealed that the Executive Board of SLC has decided to donate Rs 50 million to the Malwathu Chapter. This was to lease land belonging to the Temple which was used for the construction of a Cricket Training Campus although the originally agreed 30-year lease payment for the land was Rs 26.25 million.
However, the Chairman of the SLC said that the balance of the remaining Rs 25 million remains in the SLC.
Accordingly, the COPE has advised the Auditor General to take further action to find out whether any irregularity has taken place in the matter in this lease transaction. (Colombo, February 21) –Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe, edited by Arjuna Ranawana
Kithmina Hewage- Institute of Policy Studies