SLC sues Sports Minister for Rs. 2.4 b over defamatory statements

Thursday, 16 November 2023 00:22 –      – 40

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Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Roshan Ranasinghe

In response to the persistent and damaging defamatory statements made by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka Cricket said it has taken a decisive step to protect its reputation and integrity.

On 13 November 2023, the President, Vice President, and Treasurer of Sri Lanka Cricket jointly filed a defamation lawsuit in the District Court of Colombo, seeking damages amounting to Rs. 2.4 billion on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket, states a media release.

The continuous dissemination of false and harmful statements by the Minister of Sports has caused substantial harm to the image of Sri Lanka Cricket, both domestically and internationally.

Sri Lanka Cricket, represented by its top leadership, is committed to upholding transparency, accountability, and fair play in all its endeavours. The legal action aims to rectify the unwarranted damage inflicted on Sri Lanka Cricket’s standing in the sporting community.

The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket believes that this step is necessary to safeguard the reputation of the organisation and its members. Sri Lanka Cricket remains focused on promoting the spirit of the game, fostering a positive environment for players, officials, and fans alike.

The legal proceedings initiated against the Minister of Sports underscore the organisation’s dedication to upholding its principles and protecting its stakeholders from baseless allegations.

Sri Lanka Cricket will continue to prioritise the best interests of the sport and its supporters while navigating through these legal proceedings. Further updates on the case will be provided as the situation develops, SLC added.