Written by Staff Writer
05 Aug, 2019 | 9:58 pm
Colombo (News 1st): It has been six months since the forensic audit at Sri Lanka Cricket commenced. However, the responsible authorities, are yet to reveal information regarding forensic audits.
On the 28th of January this year, the sports minister requested a forensic audit to be performed on the operations at Sri Lanka Cricket. The forensic audit will look into the transactions that took place between the 31st January 2016 and 31st December 2018, at Sri Lanka Cricket.
The sports minister had requested for the forensic audit be performed within a period of two weeks. 33 days after the commencement of the forensic audit, in other words on the 1st of March this year, the former auditor general visited Sri Lanka Cricket, as part of the process of gathering audit evidence.
At this point, the accountant at SLC had informed all managers and senior officers through an email in this regard. As per the instructions of the accountant, the relevancy of the audit evidence should first be assessed by the internal audit department of SLC prior to its submission to the officers of the Auditor General’s department.
It was against such a backdrop, that Choolantha Wickremeratne officially took over as the new auditor general on the 29th of April this year. The present auditor general had informed the sports ministry that the audit process that took place under the purview of the former auditor general, should be reviewed once again.
Its been 189 days since the forensic audit at Sri Lanka Cricket commenced. Its been three months, or 96 days since the new auditor general was appointed to his position. The respective audit will look into several aspects, including the large scale financial fraud linked to broadcasting rights that were to take place and the transfer of funds to a US-based account.
Though the sports ministry has inquired from the Auditor General’s department in this regard, an estimated time slot for the conclusion of the audit is yet to be specified.
Former test cricket captain Minister Arjuna Ranatunga noted with much disappointment that even the new auditor general is holding back the forensic audit report of Sri Lanka Cricket. He added that he is not sure whether the auditor general is delaying the forensic audit due to commissions. However, he said they will take severe action against those who are influenced by money.
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