CMC blacklists Enrique’s concert organisers

2015-12-30 09:40:03

The Colombo Municipality today blacklisted the Company, Live Events which organised the Enrique Iglesias concert at the CR&FC Grounds. The main stakeholders of the company are former cricketing stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane.

The Municipality said it would not allow the company to organise any other events in Colombo in the future.

Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil told a media briefing that they would also take legal action against the organizers if they failed to pay Rs.29 million in taxes owed to the municipality.

“We will not allow the company to hold any other event within the Colombo Municipal limits even if it settles the payment owed to the CMC,” he said.

Mr. Muzammil said the organizers did not inform the CMC prior to organizing the event and said the CMC asked them to brief it about the show.

“The CMC could have banned the live concert by Latin America music idol Enrique Iglesias held at the CR & FC Grounds, but we didn’t do so. The ticket holders could have burnt the CR & FC if we did so and would have tarnished the image of the country,” he said

Mr. Muzzammil said all the tickets had to be approved and sealed by the CMC but only a few tickets had been given to the CMC for the approval and sealing.

“The organizers had informed us that they will only issue 7,130 tickets, but we have evidence and information to prove that they had issued more than 10,000 tickets. Therefore they had committed a financial fraud. We will give them a week to settle the balance tax amount,” he said.

Mr. Muzzammil said the organisers of the company should focus on settling the amount owed to the Municipality instead of compensating fans who attended the event. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 9

  • SIRIBIRIS Wednesday, 30 December 2015 15:28

    Shut the stable door after the horse has bolted....typical Sri Lankan style as usual

    Reply : 2       41

    Premalal Wednesday, 30 December 2015 15:35

    Another bull in the China shop looking for publicity

    Reply : 1       58

    Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:02

    What about collecting the dues to the CMC ????

    Reply : 1       19

    Lakmal Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:33

    CMC put a tax on every ticket that is to be sold in any event organized in an area belongs to CMC. So every ticket has to be certified by and that is done by stamping the seal of CMC on each ticket. According to this news, the event organizers have sold some tickets without the seal of CMC and they are asking for that tax money on those black-marketed tickets

    Reply : 2       25

    Pradeep Wednesday, 30 December 2015 18:24

    What about the 20 million income lost by CMC by giving away the paid lab investigations to private labs?

    Reply : 4       26

    Sobitha Wednesday, 30 December 2015 23:06

    Complain to FCID.

    Reply : 0       2

    Shane Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:07

    This country is becoming a joke with bunch of clowns in the office.

    Reply : 1       12

    Ravi Thursday, 31 December 2015 02:17

    How much did this idiot charge guys who organized night racing.

    Reply : 3       12

    Ram Thursday, 31 December 2015 05:25

    If the palms of the relevant CMC people were oiled nothing would have happened. Sanga

    Reply : 0       7

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