Interim Committee SLC directed to maintain status quo
The Court of Appeal yesterday directed the Cricket Interim Committee
and the Sri Lanka Cricket to maintain the status quo as prevailed by
In terms of the court order the parties should maintain the status
quo until the court would make an order with regard to the application
of interim relief i.e. staying the operation of the new regulation
vesting the power with the Cricket Interim Committee to take over the
immovable property of the Sri Lanka Cricket. The court made the order in
view of the motion filed by the Petitioner Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary.
The motion stated that the respondent cricket interim committee had
forcibly entered the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters at the Maitland
Crescent yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon challenging the authority of
the court. The motion stated that when the court adjourned the matter on
Tuesday (03), the counsel for the respondents were not agreeable to the
suggestion of the court to maintain the status quo until the court made
an order, on the basis that they did not have instructions. It stated
that on the same evening respondent interim committee had entered the
premises with armed Police and private security personnel thus
intimidating the employees of the Sri Lanka Cricket.
President's counsel K. Kanag Ishwaran for the petitioner made
submissions supporting the motion. Solicitor General C.R. de Silva, PC
argued that in terms of the new regulations the interim committee only
could gain control of the immovable property of Sri Lanka Cricket until
such time prescribed by the minister, but there would not be any
acquisition of the property as contended by the petitioner.
President's counsel Faiz Musthapha made submissions on behalf of the
interim committee. Petitioner Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Raveen
Wickremaratne cited the Sports Minister and Secretary to the Ministry
and the six members of the Cricket Interim Committee as respondents.
Petitioner challenged that the new regulation made by Sports Minister
Jeevan Kumaratunga on April 21 to take over the immovable property
belonged to the Sri Lanka Cricket was illegal.
K. Kanag Isvaran PC with M. A. Sumanthiran and Viran Corea instructed
by M/S D.N. Thurairajah and Co. appeared for the petitioner.
Solicitor General C.R. de Silva PC with N.R. Pulle appeared for the
Minister and the Ministry's Secretary. Faiz Musthapha with Uditha
Egalahewa instructed by G.G. Arulpragasam appeared for the cricket
The case will be mentioned on May 9.