Sri Lanka Cricket to be examined by COPE – Handunetti
ECONOMYNEXT – The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) will summon three major government institutions including Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in ten days time, its Chairman Parliamentarian Sunil Handunetti said.
Handunetti, who was re-appointed as Chairman of the powerful Parliamentary body said along with SLC COPE will examine the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and the National Lotteries Board, a media release from the Parliament said.
The hearings will be on the 18th, 19th and 20th of this month, the statement said.
The JVP MP whose previous tenure as Chairman busted a number of frauds and other malpractices was famous for unearthing the Bond scam.
This will be the fifth time that COPE has summoned SLC. Key SLC officials were missing every time they were called for examination previously.
COPE members were particularly interested in a charity that SLC had launched to help patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown aetiology.
The Committee has ordered a detailed audit of SLC accounts after incidents of alleged corruption and gross irregularities were revealed during hearings in Parliament.
These investigations are to be overseen by the Auditor General, the COPE ruled.
Sunil Handunetti observed last year that the “mindset of the SLC officials is that this is money we earned for the organisation and we can do anything with it.”
– Arjuna Ranawana (Colombo, February 07, 2020)