olombo, 25 May, (Asiantribune.com): The Supreme Court ofArjuna RanatungaArjuna Ranatunga Sri Lanka ruled on Monday, that Arjuna Ranatunga's removal as Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee by Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge was against natural justice.
The Sri Lankan national team was considered perpetual underdogs but this image changed completely during the 1996 Cricket World Cup, when Sri Lanka defeated tournament favorites Australia to win the Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Ranatunga. This victory, for which Ranatunga was a pivotal part both as batsman and captain, has ensured that Sri Lanka Cricket Team is no longer underestimated on the world cricket stage
The Supreme Court ordered the State to pay a nominal compensation of Rs. 100,000 and advised the petitioner that he could pursue further legal action since the amount was deemed inadequate.
Mr. Ranatunga filed the fundamental rights plaint, alleging his image as national cricket captain for ten years and as one who had led the team to win 1996 World Cup had been tarnished by the Sports and Sports and Public Recreation Minister's arbitrary and unlawful act.
The three-member Supreme Court panel of judges said there would be no reinstatement, as he had not requested so in his petition.