Sri Lanka Cricket, which is currently fighting the menace of deep-rooted corruption, was dealt a blow after its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) was arrested for alleged financial fraud, police said on Monday.
The police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that Piyal Nandana was arrested following a complaint lodged by the SLC to the Inspector General of Police.
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The arrest of the Sri Lanka Cricket CFO is related to an alleged financial fraud, which was unearthed last September.
An alleged attempt to transfer USD 5.5 million to an offshore account connected to the broadcasting rights of the current England tour of Sri Lanka was reported to the police’s crime investigation department.
The SLC had cited the CFO Nandana as the prime suspect, who had claimed that his e-mail account had been hacked and sent the request to transfer the money to an off-shore account. He was sent on compulsory leave.
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The money was one of the three tranches coming from Sony Picture Networks for broadcast rights of the England tour.
The corruption and fixing allegations have hit the country’s cricket hard after a documentary aired in May alleged massive global corruption in cricket.
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