Written by Staff Writer
05 Sep, 2019 | 10:28 pm
Colombo (News 1st) – During COPE proceedings yesterday (September 4), Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mohan de Silva accepted that SLC had maintained foreign-based bank accounts, and memorandum of understandings was signed in this regard. News 1st continuously reported foreign accounts that were maintained in favour of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The Banamex bank account, the BBVA compass account, and several other accounts opened for dollar transactions are some of the few. News 1st also revealed that the address linked to the Banamex bank account was identical to that of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The forensic audit revealed attempts to transfer funds worth US$ 436,541, received as the second instalment for broadcasting rights from the South African Tour, to another account.
On July 12th 2018, an email was sent out by the Head of Finance of SLC, to Sandeep Patel of Sony, instructing that the funds be transferred to a bank account at Wells Fargo.
The forensic audit revealed, the relevant SLC officials had failed to provide the number of the respective bank account for the audit. Accordingly, it can be said, that Sri Lanka cricket currently maintains four foreign bank accounts. Ultimately, officials of Sri Lanka Cricket were compelled to accept during COPE proceedings, that the institution maintained foreign accounts.
If the relevant officials of Sri Lanka, had committed such actions with good intentions, they would not have to face such a situation.
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