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Senior DIG Deshabandu refutes claim: Vows to resign if allegations proven

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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon yesterday refuted the claim that he had accepted a confidential consultancy role with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and asserted that if there were any substantiated proof demonstrating that he had received any form of benefits from SLC, he would promptly resign from his current position.

According to letters shared on social media, SLC offered Tennakoon a secret consultancy role as an advisor to the Consultant Security and Marshalling on August 7, 2021, for a two-year period. The offer included LKR 150,000, 200 litres of petrol, LKR 5,000 for phone calls, a laptop, and medical insurance.

In response to the allegations, Tennakoon told the Daily Mirror that despite receiving the offer, he declined it in accordance with the constitution. He assured SLC that, as the Senior DIG, he would still cooperate on security matters. "If anyone proves that I received anything from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, I will resign immediately from my post and from the Police Department," Tennakoon said.

Anticipating potential accusations, Tennakoon explained that he never accepted the offer, suspecting that certain individuals might use it to tarnish his reputation.

He emphasized that he did not receive any funds from the SLC board.

"When the SLC offered me the position, I informed the Ministry of Public Security and submitted a written report. At that time, Ministry Secretary Jagath Alwis, advised him not to accept the offer, predicting that it could become an issue for me in the future," he said.

Tennakoon said that aside from SLC, he collaborates with various institutions on security matters as the Senior DIG in the Western Province.


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  • Joshua Tuesday, 14 November 2023 06:49 AM

    Resignation is never heard of in SL

    Spartacus Tuesday, 14 November 2023 07:05 AM

    Ha ha ha, can you tell me one single Sri Lanka police fellow who will admit he accepts bribes and makes deals? While the whole country knows they thrive 90% of their duties on that.

    Sambo Tuesday, 14 November 2023 07:36 AM

    This what every one says. "Catch me if you can"

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:11 AM

    If State Terrorism still exists like the blatant killing of Dinesh Schafter, it is peanuts for this State Sponsored thug to tell everyone to prove the allegation.

    Poo Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:15 AM

    This shows how deep the SLC cancer has gone in to our society. SLC know that a policeman, a government servant, cannot be offered a contract like that. Kicking them out is not enough. Prosecute them and put them behind bars.

    Bandu Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:21 AM

    Simple to check veracity. That is why Minister of Sports asked for a forensic audit to clear the air.

    Mohamed Adham Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:27 AM

    Provide evidence....... This is what all the crooks will say and continue saying. We know who this individual is. No requirement for any elaborate explanations.

    Cricket Lover Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:50 AM

    Which God to tell

    Premalal Perera Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:26 AM

    To prove your case, there must be an investigation first. An investigation is not possible with you in a seat of power. So step aside for the period of investigation and see what they come up with.

    sam Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:38 AM

    Very simple there is no smoke without fire!!

    Dinendre Dissanayake Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:45 AM

    The question is why was it offered in the first place?

    Hora kossa Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:41 AM

    This man is a rajapaksa progeny. He follows the rajapaksa moto " it is ok to steal as long as you don't get caught".

    Senior Citizens Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:41 AM

    Who is going to admit fact, simple reply if proved l will quit

    Onlooker Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:44 AM

    Since Tennekoon has admitted the offer, the CIABC should take action for a corrupt practice by SLC for offering an inducement to a public officer still in service. Also Tennekoon would have negotiated for the salary and perks and he is guilty as well. But then this is Sr Lanka - everything is for entertainment only.

    Ma Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:05 PM

    Yes, from the quality security he has provided SLC

    Ty Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:10 PM

    Who gave this name Deshabandu to him?

    Nm Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:11 PM

    Just imagine such a person becoming the DIG!

    Nihal Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:16 PM

    Resign before many things come to light.

    Hard Truth Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:51 PM

    Mahinda Style

    Jayantha Tuesday, 14 November 2023 01:21 PM

    So slc corruption proved here eventhough dig declined the offer. Why slc need such a service when it is just a sports body. Shammi is having a thug as bodyguard according to minister. Now thay same person tried to offer a contract for a legal officer. Minister said a certai judge os corrupt. So slc money seems to have gone elsewhere instead for sports. Now what do you say icc. You got caught supporting corruption. All officials at icc should step down or minister should take this matter to an international court asking compensation for tarnishing the image of sri lanka. We have a strong case at the moment. Use it wisely minister.

    Ram Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:42 PM

    OK, You did not accept the offer. Can you show proof that you rejected it. This must be by a text message, email or providing a registered letter receipt

    Navi Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:33 PM

    Deshabandu...... Playing Pandu under the table. There is no smoke without a Fire.


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