The investigations carried out into the match-fixing allegations made by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, relating to the 2011 Cricket World Cup final which Sri Lanka lost to India, has been halted as the special investigation unit deemed the allegations as being baseless, Police media spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said today.
He told Daily Mirror that there was no sufficient evidence to prove the allegations and hence it was decided that it was no longer required to continue the investigations.
“The investigations, which commenced on June 24 aimed at finding out whether the match was fixed and if so, who should be held responsible for it,” SSP Senaratne said.
“The investigation unit is to submit a report to the Sports Ministry Secretary on the progress of the inquiry according to the statements recorded from witnesses,” he added.
The Sport Ministry's Special Investigation Division recorded five-, two- and nine-hour long statements from Former Selection Committee Chairman Aravinda de Silva, cricketer Upul Tharanga and former skipper of the Sri Lanka Cricket team Kumar Sangakkara respectively.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene was also to give a statement before the probe unit. However, he had been informed his statement would be recorded on another date.
Meanwhile, informed sources said there had been a meeting at the Special Investigation Division, where it was decided that there was no need to carry on probe into it.
It has reportedly discussed during the meeting that summoning cricketers to the probe unit has also created uproar in the society.
Moreover, former MP Namal Rajapaksa had also said that summoning cricketers to the CID without any preliminary investigation conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC), could bring unnecessary disgrace to the country. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
They should sue the minister for 1 b usd for deformation
Dee Friday, 03 July 2020 04:20 PM
Wait till he gets appointed again after 2/3, then sue. One needs to find the funds to pay a fine for deformation.
Dee Friday, 03 July 2020 04:11 PM
So now we know what type of people want 2/3!
Bushel Friday, 03 July 2020 04:33 PM
1/3 rd People are also same
ranjit Friday, 03 July 2020 04:15 PM
the person who brought this false allegations and wasted public money and tried to slur the cricketers should he charged and put in remand as what they did to people who created the false rumour about the white van. Will the President/ police do it?
M. Sira Friday, 03 July 2020 04:19 PM
Its high time specialy our voters to think what these baseless alegations are for. Merely for political advantages . There's only one popolitical party who worked to our country and its men .
akaAD Friday, 03 July 2020 04:25 PM
So Murali, do you still support these idiots?
LP Friday, 03 July 2020 04:30 PM
Every move in Sri Lanaka based on getting vote to the ruling party as this move backfired cause cancellation of inquiry
Foulplay Friday, 03 July 2020 04:33 PM
Not baseless this is mere nonsnse to tarnish the good image of our cricketers by theis corrupt politocian. .PRESIDENT must take action against this minister.for misleading the cricket lovers of this cointry.
K.Anaga Friday, 03 July 2020 04:42 PM
Punchi banda Friday, 03 July 2020 04:42 PM
Idiot should be sued
navaratna willamune Friday, 03 July 2020 04:57 PM
as if there is nothing else to do,waste of time,these mps are useless,there are other pressing problems the country is facing
Patriot Friday, 03 July 2020 05:00 PM
Fake news is a crime. If not a crime in Sri Lanka yet, make it a crime and punish Mahindananda Aluthgamage. No one should tolerate fake news.
Ralaharamy Friday, 03 July 2020 05:11 PM
No. The former Minister is not so naive not to know the outcome of the inquiry. He is well aware of the consequence of the allegation. His aim is achieved, to bring disrepute to the Sportsmen, to send a warning to those who oppose the Million Dollar project that is kept hold. The next question is, how to silence him forever! This is up to the Big RRs to decide, if they are interested. Are they?
Thirdumpire Friday, 03 July 2020 05:14 PM
Sanga U R GREAT the truth has now come out within 24 hrs. Now we can see many politicians will be speaking high of you fearing the votes they are going to loose.
Mk Friday, 03 July 2020 06:04 PM
WHY NOW WIJAYADASA SUPPORTING THE MAHELA AND SANGAKKARA DAY FIRST ONWARD HE MUST SUPPORT AFTER EVERYTHING OVER TALKING LIKE A SAINT. WHERE THE BBB MAHINDANANDA ARREST HIM GIVE SOME PUNISHMENT FOR BASELESS ALLEGATIONS AND TAKING RESPECTABLE SPORTS MAN TO THE C. I. D.
Sen Friday, 03 July 2020 06:27 PM
During Mahindananda was sports minister,he spent exorbitant amount of of money to revamp Sugathadasa stadium, but it won't last 4 months,can imagine how much he pocketed out of it.
ravin Friday, 03 July 2020 06:28 PM
No mercy. I am sure in penal code there is a provision against false accusation. Please take action accordingly.
Laughing Stock Friday, 03 July 2020 06:41 PM
Will the episode end with the corrupt minister who made the baseless allegation just laughing it off.
No one is taking him to Court?
Rex Jarkie Friday, 03 July 2020 06:44 PM
I STARTED A JOKE AND THE JOKE WAS ON ME (MR JOKER)
Lasantha de Silva Friday, 03 July 2020 06:48 PM
Got cold feet, now Frozen
S.H.Moulana Friday, 03 July 2020 06:51 PM
Will people still vote for the man just got up from his 9 year slumber to disgrace our country at large and our cricket in particular. The whole world is laughing at us now! Are these our so called patriots?
Nimal Friday, 03 July 2020 07:29 PM
Jesus Saturday, 04 July 2020 08:41 AM
Why do Buddhist behave like this ..
Aney please answer nimal
Monal Friday, 03 July 2020 07:33 PM
Hapun Friday, 03 July 2020 08:00 PM
Charge the former minister at least now and give him the death penalty. He has done enough damage to the parliament, cricket and also To many women.
Lanka putha Friday, 03 July 2020 08:04 PM
All long the nation new this was a big drama. he should be charged for wasting police time.its all going wrong for them this time.
City Friday, 03 July 2020 08:10 PM
Why didn't they put it to the third umpire Dickie Bird
Dravid Bakmeena Friday, 03 July 2020 09:09 PM
What is so absurd is why was then an investigation launched bringing unwanted shame on our cricket legends? Everyone knew this minister was talking through his stupidity with no substance and that too after 9 years! great news anyway and Mr Namal Rajapakse doesn't need to get any credit, he is doing his acting roles well like riding in trains, carrying cement on his shoulders and now showing his disagreement to the match fixing probe. he is trying hard to act..
dja Friday, 03 July 2020 09:24 PM
People have the power to stop these rouges. Please exercise that power in the coming election to select the least corrupt, without talking rubbish.
Ram Saturday, 04 July 2020 08:33 PM
Mr.Jesus : dont know why you bringing Buddhist religion into this . There are so many Croatian leaders worse than this idiot for example Mugabe and Trump strong Christians
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