Lakbima Denies SLC’s Attempted Fraud ‘Suspect’ Association With Sumathi Group

Written by N Krishnamurthy

As Attempted fraud by three employees of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has become a big issue, One particular employee’s association with former board president Thilanga Sumathipala’s family owned Sumathi Group has making the headlines.

Now, Sumathi Group owned newspaper Lakbima has denied any link with SLC attempted fraud suspects.

“SLC decided to recruit a head of finance and to select a suitable candidate, the task was assigned to the recruitment co. Management Systems Ltd (MSL). The MSL has called for applications from suitable candidates in newspapers and websites and it was not mentioned anywhere that the vacancy is for SLC. The final candidate selected by MSL, was forwarded to SLC for approval. Finance committee, management committee and EXCO of SLC approved the said candidates recruitment. The said candidate, since 1999, has worked at sarasa trading co, Aviva Uk global co, air liquid co, lanka indian oil company, rodley. since 2009, until he was recruited by SLC, he had worked at the Sri Lanka touriest board as a finance director” Lakbima newspaper has revealed.

The SLC CEO Ashley De Silva, on Thursday, stated that one of the key suspect of this attempted fraud was earlier associated with Sumathi group as an employee.

“One of the suspect was working at former SLC presiden’s group of companies. However, before recruiting him, we checked all the details and hired him through the process” Ashley De Silva had told reporters.

The money was due from Sony Television who bought the rights to telecast England’s tour of Sri Lanka starting next month.

The key suspect is said to be the man in charge of finances at Sri Lanka Cricket. He has already been sent on leave pending investigations by the CID and FCID.

SLC competent authority Kamal Padmasiri stated that they would not hide anything from the investigation and co-operate with the CID.

“We will not hide anything and co-operate with the CID and FCID to ensure the matter will be resolved and the suspect brought to book,” Pathmasiri said during the press conference.


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