Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on yesterday, refused to disclose the name of the key suspect involved in the alleged transfer of US$ 11.1 million to a bank in Hongkong. However, SLC CEO Ashley De Silva accepted 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 told reporters.
It is noteworthy, that Sumathi group is owned by former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala’s family.
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.