The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order staying the operation of the regulations made applicable to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
The Court of Appeal’s two-judge bench, comprising Justice (President) Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Justice M.A.R. Marikkar, made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed by SLC President Shammi Silva and its Secretary Mohan De Silva, challenging the regulations promulgated by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe.
The Court of Appeal further issued an interim order preventing the Sports Minister, Sports Ministry Secretary, and Director General of the Sports Ministry from taking steps in terms of Sports Law No. 25 of 1973 to implement the impugned regulations until the final determination of this petition.
The Court fixed the petition for argument on June 22.
The petitioners alleged that the regulations promulgated by the Sports Minister are illegal and unlawful, in violation of the principles of natural justice and the legitimate expectations of the petitioners.
The petitioners are of the view that the said regulations could interfere with the administration of cricket in operational matters, such as the selection and management of teams, causing a complete alteration of the structure of the SLC.
President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva and Kuvera de Zoysa PC, under the instructions of Attorney-at-Law Sanjaya Fonseka, appeared for the petitioners. Uditha Egalahewa PC appeared for the sports minister.


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