New Panel of Judges to Consider Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee Case Following Recusal of Judge Karunaratne

November 16, 2023

The Appeal Court is set to reevaluate the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) interim committee matter on November 20, Monday, under a new panel of judges. This development transpired after Judge Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne recused himself from the bench following allegations made by the Sports Minister in Parliament, suggesting a potential conflict of interest.

The Sports Minister had filed the case challenging the 14-day stay order issued against the interim committee that he appointed for the administration of cricket. The proceedings took an unexpected turn when Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest involving Judge Karunaratne.

In light of the allegations, Judge Karunaratne opted to step down from the case, paving the way for a new panel of judges to take up the matter on Monday. The recalibration of the bench is aimed at ensuring a fair and unbiased assessment of the legal proceedings surrounding the SLC interim committee.

The case has been a focal point of attention, intertwining legal and political dimensions as the administration of Sri Lanka Cricket undergoes significant scrutiny.