Former Sri Lanka Cricket (CLC) chief Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday initiated a legal tussle against the Sports Minister by filing an application challenging the Minister`s decision to suspend the Cricket Board.
Mr. Sumathipala along with six others in the Sri Lanka Cricket filed a writ application before the Court of Appeal, yesterday.
The seven petitioners, Immediate Past President of SLC Mohan A.C. de Silva, Vice Presidents, Trevor Rajaratnam and Aravinda de Silva, Secretary, Lawrence Amarasena, Treasurer, Nuski Mohamed, Assistant Secretary, R. Wickremaratne and President, Thilanga Sumathipala cited the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Jeevan Kumaratunge and the Ministry Secretary as respondents.
The seven petitioners claimed that they were the office bearers of the association of Sri Lanka Cricket which was earlier known as the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.
Following an order by the Minister the board was suspended on March 25 and an interim committee was appointed to run the affairs in the SLC.
The petitioners complained the decision to dissolve the legally elected Cricket Board was illegal and unlawful.
Subsequently the Minister also was preparing to issue a gazette notification with regard to the dissolution, the petitioners said.
Filing the application before court the petitioners asked for an interim order to prevent the suspension of the Cricket Board and asked for a writ order quashing the decision by the Minister to dissolve Sri Lanka Cricket.
In this application Thilanga Sumathipala also claimed that the Sports Minster had prevented him from participating at the Executive Board meeting of International Cricket Council which was held in Lahore, Pakistan.
Mr. Sumathipala stated that the permission granted to him to attend the meeting was cancelled and somebody else was appointed in his place.