Eminent President Counsel Faizer Mustapha the Minister of Local Government, Provincial Councils and Sports has now caused embarrassment to the entire Cabinet of Ministers, as he went on to mislead them and obtain their approval by submitting cabinet paper quoting a non-existing section in the Sports Law.
On the 24th of July 2018, in a submitted cabinet paper dated the 11th of July 2018 and signed by Minister Faizer Mustapha himself, he sought approval and justification for the appointment of his Secretary as his nominated Competent Authority to oversee Sri Lanka Cricket stating Clause 44 of the Sports Law, when in fact the Sports Law ends with Clause 43.
This is the second serious legal blunder the President Counsel Faizer Mustapha has now made after he was offered the Ministry of Sports.
Earlier instead of following the provisions laid down in the Sports Law Act 25 of 1973, he by passed clauses 32 and 33 and instead of appointing an Interim Committee to oversee Sri Lanka Cricket, he sought clause 41 to seek justification on the appointment of his Secretary as the competent authority instead.
What baffles many is as to why other Presidents Counsels such as Ministers Tilak Marapone, Wijeadasa Rajapaksa and many other lawyers including the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam or even Navin Dissanayake did not latch on to this blunder.
Lanka News Web Spoke to Lawyer Panduka Keerthinanda to get his views on this blunder.
Lawyer Keerthinanda said “Yes, it is incorrect as to what the Minister of Sports has documented in his cabinet paper. He will have to make the correction and have it re-submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers and get it re-approved'.
Minister Faizer Mustapha is currently the only Presidents Counsel to hold the portfolio of Minister of Sports.
Prior to submitting his error filled cabinet paper, Minister Faizer Mustapha stated that he had obtained advise from the Attorney General and other prominent lawyers on this issue.
Now many questions arise on the manner as to how cabinet papers are being approved by the Cabinet Ministers.
Was Minister Faizer Mustapha misled by the Attorney General and his claimed prominent set of advisory lawyers or is it a lack of interest demonstrated on the part of Cabinet Ministers to not scrutinize what they approve or is it a complete lack of interest that they have displayed in this instance?