Lakshman Kiriella

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Lakshman Kiriella is a Sri Lankan politician representing the United National Party (UNP), one of the two main political parties in Sri Lanka. A lawyer in profession, he was first elected to the Sri Lankan Parliament in 1989.[1] He was born in 1948 and was educated at the Royal College, Colombo and studied at the Sri Lanka Law College to enter the Bar of Sri Lanka.[1][2]

Lakshman Kiriella has two daughters and one son. Chami Kiriella who is the second in the family is a lawyer in profession and has worked for the John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) for eight years.[3]She was also the secretary of Minister Kiriella and was accused of securing government contracts of the Highways Ministry in 2017 through a private company called Kandy Construction Ltd owned by her.[4][5][6]

Image 1: Lakshman Kiriella[7]

Political Positions held

  • Leader of the House of Sri Lanka Parliament - January 2015 to December 2019 (a position in the Parliament held by a member of the Cabinet of Ministers, whose responsibility is to coordinate the government’s affairs in the Parliament)[8]
  • Minister of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development - February 2018 to November 2019[9]
  • Minister of Higher Education and Highways - October 2015 to February 2018[10][11]
  • Minister of Plantation Industries - January 2015 to August 2015[12]
  • Minister of Tourism and Sports - December 2001 to 2002[13]

Tobacco related Activities

Appointing a Ceylon Tobacco Director to the Interim Committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board

As the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Lakshman Kiriella appointed a then Executive Director of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC), Vijaya Malalasekara, to the Interim Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL).[14][15][16]Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC), the subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT), holds the monopoly of manufacturing and sales of cigarettes in Sri Lanka.

Vijaya Malalasekera had worked in the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) for 28years at the time of appointment to the cricket board. He had joined CTC in October 1973 and was appointed as an Executive Director in January 1995. From August 2005, he worked as a Non-Executive Director until his retirement in 2012.[17][18][19][20][21]

Image 2: Media reporting about the appointment of tobacco employees to the Sri Lankan cricket board[22]

Tobacco Unmasked Resources

The local language translations



  1. 1.0 1.1 RWickrematunge. Kiriella Speaks, Sunday Leader, 18 July 2018, Accessed June 2020
  2. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, M.P., Undated, Accessed June 2020
  3. S Maduwage. Chami Kiriella Herat – A bright mind in the legal sphere, Lanka Woman, 8 June 2015, Accessed July 2020
  4. Sri Lanka Mirror. Kiriella is accused of nepotism, 17 July 2020, Accessed July 2020
  5. Lanka Sun News. යටිනුවර කොටලිගොඩ - තිස්මඩ මාර්ගය කපාට් අතුරා සංවර්ධන කිරීමේ උත්සවයට සහභාගී වෙමින්, 6 November 2016, Accessed July 2020
  6. Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka: Kiriella’s High-speed Corruption, 12 July 2020, Accessed July 2020
  7. Lakshman Kiriella Face book page. LaskshmanKiriella, 18 April 2012, Accessed July 2020
  8. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Leaders of the House, 11 April 2011, Accessed June 2020
  9. Ministry of Small and Medium Business and Enterprise Development. Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development, 2018 July, Accessed June 2020
  10. Daily Mirror. New Cabinet, 4 September 2020, Accessed June 2020
  11. The Ceylon Today. The new Cabinet, 04 September 2020, Accessed June2020
  12. Daily Mirror. New Cabinet ministers sworn in, 12 January 2015, Accessed June 2020
  13. Current Affairs, Policy Research and Information Unit, Presidential Secretariat. New cabinet sworn in today, 19 October 2000, Accessed June 2020
  14. S Obeyesekere. HemakaAmarasingha says time is right for cricket board elections, Sunday Observer, 13 April 2003, Accessed June 2020
  15. D Weerawansa. Cricket Board elections on June 6, Daily News, 1 May 2003, Accessed June 2020
  16. BBC Sports Online. Minister intervenes in Sri Lankan crisis, 29 March 2001, Accessed June 2020
  17. Daily FT. End of a long innings for Vijaya at CTC, 16 April 2012, Accessed June 2020
  18. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2012, 2013, accessed July 2020
  19. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2011, 2012, accessed July 2020
  20. Ceylon Tobacco Company. Annual Report 2010, 2011, accessed July 2020
  21. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2008, 2009, accessed July 2020
  22. IOL. Tobacco king takes over Sri Lankan cricket, 29 May 2001, Accessed July 2020