Auditor General Continue to delay SLC forensic audit report

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Country’s recently appointed Auditor General Chulantha Wickramaratne is reportedly purposely holding back the forensic audit report of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), even though it has been completed long time ago, Cricket Age reliably learns.

On January 28, Sports Minister Harin Fernando had instructed to his secretary and then SLC Competent Authority Chulananda Perera to carry on a forensic audit from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2018 and submit the final report within two weeks.

However, even after four months, the auditor general is yet to release the audit report.

According to sources, the Sports Minister Harin Fernando is disappointed with the continues delay and the ministry has sent a reminder to auditor general department regarding the report.

Accordingly, Chulantha was supposed to table the forensic audit report in parliament this week. However, Cricket Age learns that this week also, the auditor general has no intention to table it in parliament.

“Honorable Sports Minister Harin Fernando can’t force auditor general to submit the forensic audit report. All we can do is to send a reminder, which we have already sent” a top Sports Ministry official told Cricket Age.

According to sources, Chulantha’s  predecessor Gamini Wijesinghe had also played a big role is purposely delaying the forensic audit report, as he was raluctant and scared to release the audit report before his retirement.

Moreover, Cricket Age learns that the main idea of new auditor general is to holding back the audit report as long as possible. In this scenario, it is very unlikely that before the World Cup, auditor general department will release the report.

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