FR case against Cricket Board dismissed
The Supreme Court dismissed the fundamental rights application
seeking a transparent procedure in the awarding of TV rights to Sri
Lanka Cricket for 2009, yesterday.
Dismissing the application, the Court noted that petitioner Hashan
Tillekeratne, former Sri Lankan cricket captain could submit his views
to the second respondent, Secretary to the Treasury on the outcome of
the arbitration process involved between the Sri Lanka Cricket Interim
Committee and the Taj TV.
Petitioner Hashan Tillekeratne complained to Court that the TV rights
of Sri Lanka Cricket had been awarded to Taj TV for a much lesser value
than even Bangladesh, for 2008 without any transparent and competitive
As a result SLC had lost millions of rupees. He sought SLC to adopt a
transparent process in awarding its TV rights.
Senior State Counsel Rajeev Goonathilake who appeared for the
Secretary to the Ministry of Sports submitted that currently Taj TV and
the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket are before International
Arbitrators to resolve certain issues with regard to some matches which
had not been played.
President's Counsel Romesh de Silva appeared for Taj TV.
Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran with Viran Corea appeared for Hashan