Mar 03, 2021

Sachithra’s anticipatory bail application rejected

The anticipatory bail application filed by former Sri Lanka cricketer Sachithra Senanayake to prevent him from

being taken into custody over a match-fixing incident linked to the Lanka Premier League 2020 cricket tournament, was rejected by Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana Silva yesterday.The Magistrate made this order as the facts of the anticipatory bail application have not been completed.

 The Sports Crime Investigation Police informed the Magistrate that they are conducting further investigations pertaining to the incident. The Police also stated that two statements were obtained from two cricketers who had participated in the LPL T-20 matches.

The former test cricketer is reported to have attempted to approach two cricketers participating in the LPL 2020, via phone calls from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.The accused former Sri Lanka cricketer is now reported to have returned to Sri Lanka from overseas. Police further informed the court that investigations have commenced following information given by the two cricketers.

The Police further stated that the accused had reportedly handed over two of his mobile phones for investigations through an attorney but it was later revealed that the two phones do not belong to him.