The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of the Police has commenced the investigations against seven officers including former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamae over financial fraud which said to have happened in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) since 2010.
FCID recently informed the courts that they have already recorded statements from two officials including the Head of the Financial Department of the SLC over that fraud and they have also filed a fact report before the Colombo Additional Magistrate.
The COPE Chairman JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti had previously lodged a complaint against former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, former SLC chairman Nishantha Ranatunga and former SLC interim committee members D.S. de Silva, Sujeewa Rajapaksha, Kalinga Indatissa, Asantha Chandana Seneviratne and Prabath Fonseka.
In that complaint, he said the COPE had initiated an investigation in this regard and found several financial irregularities, which include the sale of tickets during the 20/20 World Cup Cricket Tournament in 2012, paying salaries and allowances to the former Sports Minister’s private secretary and an allocation of Rs. 20 million to cricket clubs by the former SLC secretary.
Hadunnetti urged the police to investigate the reports that the former SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga had engaged in 17 foreign tours while holding position of secretary of the SLC.
The Additional Magistrate ordered the FCID to conduct further investigations into the matter and report to Court on September 26.