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After Nishantha, Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva Now sues Arjuna Ranatunga for Rs 6 bn

Written by Sumit Seth

It’s raining of defamation cases in Sri Lanka Cricket, as after Nishantha, country’s board president Shammi Silva has  now sued his elder brother and former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga for Rs 6 billion, Cricket Age exclusively learns. This is over an alleged defamatory  statement made by the Iconic captain against Shammi in a video, referring him as being corrupt and a thief.

The LOD has been sent through the Attorney-at law MJS Fonseka on May 14. The letter stated that the legal action would be taken against  Arjuna if he fails to pay the sum of Rs. 5 Billion as compensation.

Cricket Age understand that in the letter, it has been highlighted that Arjuna leveled the charges without any evidence or findings of corruption against Shammi, that too in the lead of the cricket board election.

“I have been instructed by my client to state that as a result of the said defamatory statement made by you, which was seen by the general public, my client has suffered grave harm, injury and damage to his good name, reputation and credibility” the letter reads.

Arjuna, one of the leading politician in the country now, often criticizes Shammi Silva and his fellow administrators, for the downfall of the game in the Island.
Notably, in May, Shammi had sent a LOD to Arjuna’s younger brother and former SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga as well, who eventually withdrew his nomination from the board election at the last moment, to pave the way for him to secure second term at Maitland Place.

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