Special investigation team records statement from Mahindananda Aluthgamage on match fixing allegation

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A special investigation team of the Sports Ministry has gone to Nawalapitiya to obtain a statement from former Minister and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Kandy district candidate Mahindananda Aluthgamage today regarding the allegation of match fixing at the 2011 World Cup final.

Officers of the investigation team arrived at the former Sports Minister’s residence in Nawalapitiya today (24) at around 6am and recorded the statement.

Aluthgamage, who was the Sports Minister at the time of the 2011 World Cup Championship, alleged that the 2011 World Cup final was ‘sold’ to India for money without producing any evidence.

Dullas Alahapperuma, the present Sports Minister, had instructed the Secretary of the Ministry of Sports to conduct a formal investigation into the controversial statement.

The Sports Ministry Secretary K.D.S Ruwanchandra has lodged a complaint with the Sports Ministry’s Special Investigation Unit demanding an immediate inquiry into the allegations.

Speaking at a special media conference held at the Mahindananda Foundation office in Nawalapitiya, Aluthgamage said his six-page complaint contained 24 facts and eight documents related to the complaint have been handed over to the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry.

He said that the International Cricket Council had sent a special letter to former Sports Minister Harin Fernando to inquire into the matter.

Aluthgamage requested media not to speak about the matter as the Special Investigation Unit has already commenced an inquiry into the suspicion over the match.

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