In one on the most important development just before a day of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) election the Appeal Court on Wednesday allowed former vice president Mohan De Silva and assistant secretary Ravin Wickramaratne to contest for the secretary and vice president posts respectively. After the verdict, now both Mohan De Silva and Ravin Wickramaratne are allowed to contest the SLC election. However, Mohan De Silva won’t be able to contest for the presidential post.
On February 8, just two weeks prior to SLC election, the Appeal Committee had delivered a death blow to Mohan De Silva and Ravin Wickramaratne by ruling that they are ineligible to contest the 2019 SLC election.
The decision had been taken considering an appeal which questions the eligibility of the said duo to contest, as both of them were in the SLC Executive Committee which was dissolved in March 2005 by the then Sports Minister, Jeewan Kumaratunga by issuing a Gazette notification, citing several financial irregularities and appointing an interim committee to the SLC.
Both Mohan De Silva and Ravin Wickramaratne had gone to the court against the decision, seeking the withdrawal of their suspension and allow them to contest the election.
In another major decision, the appeal court also dismissed former SLC treasurer Shammi Silva’s petition to disqualification Jayantha Dharmadasa on the ground that he had never played cricket.
The much awaited election to be held tomorrow at 10 A.M. at the Duncan White Auditorium of the ministry of Sports.
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