Sri Lankan cricket's finance chief arrested over suspect TV rights

Sri Lankan cricket's finance chief arrested over suspect TV rights

He was arrested after the SLC's chief executive officer lodged a complaint to the police over financial fraud, the police spokesman said.

Wimal Nandika Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Cricket's chief financial officer, has been arrested by the country's Criminal Investigation Department on charges of financial fraud to the tune of United States dollars 165,000.

SLC on requested the FCID to investigate an alleged attempt to transfer Dollars 5.5 million to an off-shore account connected to the broadcasting rights of the October's England tour.

"Following the investigation the CID arrested the main suspect".

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the chief financial officer had already siphoned 183,000 dollars due to SLC from Sony TV for the television rights of the recently concluded tour of South Africa.

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De Silva said he was alerted to the situation after a top Sony official contacted him to verify an email from Dissanayake, which asked Sony to transfer more television rights fees into the same account, a source who is aware of the investigation told Reuters. SLC officials have said they will be giving their full support to the anti-corruption team in its investigation. Gunasekara noted that the misappropriation amounted to over $187,000 (Rs 1.37 crore).

"Sony became suspicious when this suspect informed it (of the requirement) for a deposit of 50 percent of television rights fees from an ongoing England tour and it informed Sri Lanka cricket".

Dissanayake's lawyers and Sony representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Dissanayake's arrest comes in the wake of former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya being accused of breaching the International Cricket Council's Anti-corruption Code. There is a group behind the players like bookies and betting agents.

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