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Appeal Court postpones hearing on SLC Interim Committee and stay order

Colombo (LNW): The Court of Appeal has rescheduled the hearing on the petition related to the appointment of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) interim committee and the stay order inhibiting its functions. The court will address the case on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

The postponement occurred as the new Sports Minister, Harin Fernando, requested additional time to communicate his stance regarding the Gazette issued on the interim committee.

Minister Fernando assured the court that no further action would be taken regarding the Gazette notification issued by the former Sports Minister until the specified date.

The case revolves around a motion filed by former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, seeking an order to revoke the stay order imposed on the recently appointed SLC Interim Committee. The stay order was initiated following a motion filed by SLC President Shammi Silva.

Former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe appointed the interim committee, alleging financial malpractices in cricket administration, a claim refuted by the SLC.

The dispute between Ranasinghe and SLC gained parliamentary attention, resulting in the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposing a ban on Sri Lanka Cricket.

Consequently, President Ranil Wickremesinghe removed Roshan Ranasinghe from his ministerial portfolio and appointed Tourism and Lands Minister Harin Fernando to the post.

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