Sumathipala not going to contest SLC election, AG’s department tells Court

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The Court of Appeal yesterday fixed the further hearing of the writ petition, filed by Nishantha Ranatunga asking it to impose an interim injunction against former Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala contesting for the AGM, to 22 January 2019.

More interestingly, during the yesterday’s hearing the Auditor General (AG’s) department told the court that Sumathipala is not going to contest next election anyway. However, when Court asked to submit this in writing, the AG’s department had no answer of it.

It is noteworthy that in May, Nishantha dragged Sumathipala into the court over the illegal appointment of election committee for the SLC election. The Sports Minister appointed Competent Authority Kamal Padmasiri is running the SLC since then.

Few days ago, the Sports Ministry had started the process for the SLC election, by appointing a new election committee. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already given the deadline to held the election before February 9.

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