Nishantha Ranatunga Questioned Over Complaints Regarding CSN

Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division questioned Nishantha Ranatunga on Wednesday (15) over financial fraud regarding Carlton Sports Network (CSN).

Ranatunga was summoned to the FCID at 9.30am. Police questioned him for five hours and recorded a statement pertaining to the complaints against him.

CSN was awarded the rights for three years by Sri Lanka Cricket in May 2012, despite an earlier Cabinet decision to award the rights to SLRC. At the time, speculation was rife that the deal was fraudulent.

It was also argued that it was a case of conflict of interest, as CSN Chairman Nishantha Ranatunga was also Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket.

A month later, Sri Lanka Cricket was forced to admit that CSN did belong to Namal Rajapaksa and Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the two elder sons of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

However, SLC defended the decision to award rights to CSN, claiming that the deal took place according to proper procedures.

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