SLRFU accounts cleared by AG
SLRFU: It may be recalled than in the latter part of the year 2008,
the office of my presidency came under adverse media publicity
instigated by a few disgruntled sources who alleged gross mismanagement
and abuse of union funds either by design or omission of duty by me or
the committee of management.
These allegations received wide and negative media publicity the
content of which caused me and my family untoled pain of mind and
embarrassment to the extent that it had far reaching adverse effects on
my profession as a Senior DIG who was serving in the war front in the
now infamous war concluded to restore perpertual peace in our country.
The said allegations, innuendo, baseless and unkind accusations
affected my jealously guarded professional integrity as a very senior
officer of the Sri Lanka Police service who served with unquestionable
dedication, loyality and commitment in the battle against terror in the
operational areas in the Northern and Eastern regions of the country.
Although I wish to treat the related allegations with the contempt it
deserves, I have decided advisedly to rebute the said allegations as it
now seems over whelmingly clear to all concerned that the recently
released audit report by no less than the Auditor General regarded the
supreme authority on the management or otherwise of public funds have
totally cleared the SLRFU of the 2008 period.
The crux of the much publicized allegations includes gross
mismanagement of the affairs of the SLRFU committee of which I was the
President, interestingly the Ministry for Sports which is the final
authority of matters affecting every sport of the country had been
misguided on the basics of the fundamentals of the administration of
SLRFU before they decided to go public with facts that were totally
misleading, erroneous and malicious.
However, it is a matter of record that at my instance the contentious
issues were referred to the Auditor General regarded the sole authority
charged with the policing of public accounts. As a matter of principle,
and a prerequisite for any sports body to conform with and that is to
submit the financial affairs if any sports body for final analysis of
the financial management of the SLRFU. I am now satisfied beyond any
measure that the report of the A.G. has vindicative my committee and me
of any financial mismanagement or abuse of power which has served the
sport with unquestionable integrity and professional commitment.
As seen by my investigation and the maximum information and
explanations provided to me, proper accounting records have been
maintained by the Sri Lanka Rugby Union for the financial year ended
December 31, 2008. Except the implication on re financial declarations
mentioned in para 2.2 in my opinion the position of the Sri Lanka Rugby
Union as at December 31, 2008 and the financial result and operations of
Sri Lanka Rugby Union as at date sources is true and fair as financial
statements and transaction have been carried out in accordance with Sri
Lanka accounting standards.
We in the SLRFU were committed to take Sri Lankan Rugby to the next
level, whatever the decision taken at that time were done in the best
interest of the game, which some may not have liked. It, as it did not
cater for their agenda.It is now patently clear that this entire episode
was the brain child of certain interested parties who were hell bent on
destroying the image of the organisation, but more important to subject
me as a person to public ignominy since they were unable to manipulate
the affairs of the SLRFU according to their whims and fancy. I have
sought legal relief through my lawyers. For the damage they did to me
personally all relevant documents and evidence were refereed to the
Senior DIG of Police