Sanath Jayasuriya accused of smuggling supari to India: Report
Sanath Jayasuriya accused, Ex-Sri Lankan cricket team captain Sanath Jayasuriya and two other cricketers have been accused of smuggling supari to India, as per a news report. Jayasuriya’s name surfaced after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized supari worth crores of rupees in Nagpur, report added. A Revenue Intelligence official reportedly confirmed supari was smuggled into India from Indonesia via Sri Lanka.
The businessman was interrogated by the Director of Revenue Intelligence and that was when he named Jayasuriya.
A letter has now been sent out to the Government of Sri Lanka and Jayasuriya along with the other two cricketers will soon fly out to Mumbai for questioning. Media reports further stated the betel nuts were shipped from Indonesia to Sri Lanka before being smuggled to India.
The reason behind this smuggling could have been to exploit the South Asian Free Trade Area.
Under SAFTA, taxes are waived off for consignments between Sri Lanka and India if the goods are produced indigenously in those countries and sold to each other. However, there is a huge import duty (108 per cent) if betel nuts are imported from Indonesia.
This is not the first whiff of controversy for Jayasuriya. He was charged with breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.