SLC sex scandal: retired lady judge to head the probe

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Sports Ministry issued a media release yesterday to claim that the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has issued instructions to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga to appoint an independent panel headed by a retired lady judge to inquire the allegations of cricket officials soliciting sexual bribes from national women’s cricketers to select them and retain them in the Sri Lanka team.

 

Minister had also promised to take swift action on a report submitted by such a panel as he had felt that such serious allegations could pose serious problems to the reputation of the country as well as for the future of the sport.

 

Ranatunga told “Daily Mirror” yesterday that he has already communicated the Minister’s order to SLC Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva for appropriate action.

 

De Silva said that he would take urgent steps to implement the Minster’s order.

 

Other SLC sources said that SLC would seek the help of the judicial services commission to secure the services of a retired lady judge and also other members to the committee.

 

An SLC executive committee member disclosed that a top SLC official had suggested to secure the services of retired Supreme Court Judge Shiranee Tilakawardane.

 

Meanwhile, Palitha Kumarasinghe PC who is the Chairman of SLC’s Disciplinary Committee as well as the Chairman of SLC’s Legal Advisory Committee had recommended leading lady lawyer Manoli Jinadasa to inquire the matter, on the strength of her wide experience on dealing with such matters including sexual harassment.

 

SLC CEO informed the SLC ex-co of Kumarasinghe’s suggestion last morning and sought their approval for the move prior to the Minister’s communication to the SLC.

 

Kumarasinghe had suggested a “Preliminary Investigation” (Fact Finding) by a competent Investigation Officer preferably a Female Lawyer.
He had added that he felt that views of the SLC President on the issue were justifiable and that they must have the services of a person who is totally independent of SLC. He had opined that a lady lawyer nominated earlier could not be termed “totally independent” as she was in a legal committee, a consultant and a former employee of SLC.

 

As the chairman of the SLC’s Legal advisory committee, he had felt that it was pointless the case being referred to his committee as the only advice the committee could give was to hold a fact-finding preliminary inquiry, find if there is a breach of discipline and punish wrongdoers if charges are proved.

 

The lady lawyer Kumarasinghe had recommended is presently the "Ombudsman" of Sri Lankan Airlines under the special procedure the company had adopted to deal with sexual harassment matters as part of its HR policy.

 

He had said she has wide knowledge and experience in handling allegations of sexual harassment at work places and is a senior lawyer.
Kumarasinghe had stated that the complaints/allegation of Sexual Harassments, unlike other complaints, must be handled very carefully by persons with special training and experience. (Channaka de Silva)

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  • patrick Tuesday, 04 November 2014 03:08 PM

    Nothing will happen.

    Punny Pellow Wednesday, 05 November 2014 07:51 AM

    At least she is TIRED!!

    TONY Tuesday, 04 November 2014 05:24 PM

    THE MINISTER MUST HAVE LEARNED THAT THE CASE WILL GO NOWHERE, THAT IS WHY THIS BELATED INSTRUCTIONS

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 November 2014 06:21 PM

    I CAN IMAGINE AN OLD LADY JUSTICE WITH A BROKEN SWORD AND DAMAGED BALANCE IN HER HAND WEARING DIRTY AND TORN CLOTHES

    jegan Thursday, 06 November 2014 03:46 PM

    Cricket is Garpages since the Machos are leading the board.Now intelligent people has stopped wasting their time with Cricket.

    Palayang Yako Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:21 AM

    Three Hearty Cheers for YET ANOTHER COMMISSION, the findings of which will land in a Ministerial and not a Presidential waste paper basket this time!

    Palayang Yako Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:21 AM

    Three Hearty Cheers for YET ANOTHER COMMISSION, the findings of which will land in a Ministerial and not a Presidential waste paper basket this time!

    BabaBoo Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:26 AM

    Is the lady safe?

    Waco Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:52 AM

    It is very good. Next step should be to interdict all suspected official to prevent using their positional power to influence the complainants as well as witnesses.

    tony Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:58 AM

    WILL THE COMPLAINANT COME OUT WITH THE FACTS WITHOUT SHYING OFF AT THE INQUIRY

    TONY Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:06 AM

    WILL THE PUBLIC BE ALLOWED INTO THIS INQUIRY

    Richie Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:04 AM

    The reputation of SLC is at stake, and hence as suggested by the Minister and other sources, an independent person with experience in dealing with issue should be nominated immediately. Besides, the cricketers should be handled tactfully without harassment and blowing up the issue as we will become the laughing stock among the other cricket playing countries. Ultimately, the culprits must be sacked immediately and deprived of participation in any sport in the future. A quick action is a must and the investigation should not be influenced by any person.

    sg Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:23 AM

    Great decision.

    Azee Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:25 PM

    Some seem to have vested interest.Hence only a retired lady judge could be impartial. via DM Android App

    John Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:27 PM

    It cannot be totally independent if the first name suggested and Srilankan Airlines are associated?Good opportunity to rid of corruption in SLC, provided the findings are made public.

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 November 2014 01:56 PM

    SLC, SEX LOVERS CRICKET CLUB.


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