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SLC takes T20 WC inquiry report to court

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The Court of Appeal has been informed that the Attorney General was examining the report by the Sports Ministry Committee on financial malpractices, influence of a religious sect, identified as the ‘Born again’ congregation, and other incidents related to the national cricket team that participated in the 2022 cricket World Cup in Australia.

The Additional Solicitor General informed the court in this regard when the petitions filed by the President and Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) were taken up for hearing today (20).

In their petitions, SLC President Shammil Silva and SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva have called on the court to issue an order suspending the decision to cancel the registration of the SLC based on the Sports Ministry report.

Presenting facts in court, the Additional Solicitor General stated that the Sports Ministry report was handed over to the Attorney General yesterday (19), after which the latter had commenced examining the facts of the report.

The Additional Solicitor General further said that the Attorney General will advise the Sports Minister in this regard after the completion of studying the said report.

The Court of Appeal thereafter fixed the case for hearing on 1st February 2023.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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