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Colombo body considering suing cricketers on tax fraud charge

Colombo body considering suing cricketers on tax fraud charge

COLOMBO: Lankan cricketing legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are confronted with legal action by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and condemnation by the public for mismanaging a recent concert ‘Sex and Love’ by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias organised by the company Live Events, which is owned by the two cricketers.

The CMC revenue officials alleged that this is the biggest tax fraud inflicted on the council to date.

The state-owned Daily News reported on Tuesday that the Colombo Municipal Council plans to file a case against the concert’s organisers for holding the event without its permission.

“The event has caused a loss of 20.9 million rupees to the CMC,” the newspaper quoted Municipal Revenue Officer R. D. Silva as saying.

“The department is planning to sue the event organisers if they do not compensate us,” the official said.

He pointed out that even four days before the concert, the organisers were illegally selling thousands of tickets at prices that ranged from 5,000 to 35,000 rupees resulting in the venue being grossly overcrowded and the seating arrangements unmanageable.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene, who were out of the country on cricketing assignments during the concert, have said that the organisers will give appropriate compensation to the inconvenienced audience and has promised to abide by the tax laws.

However, the duo was silent on President Sirisena’s threat to whip the organisers over indecency at the event.

Published in Dawn, December 30th, 2015

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