Sri Lankan legendary cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has been accused of smuggling rotten betel nut (supari) into India according to a news report.
Rotten betel nuts worth millions of rupees were seized in Nagpur by the revenue intelligence. They also caught a businessman who was questioned on the matter and he named the former World Cup winner along with two other Sri Lankan cricketers as one of his partners.
A letter has now been sent by the revenue intelligence to the Sri Lankan government and Jayasuriya along with the two other named cricketers will soon fly out to Mumbai to be questioned by the department. Reports suggest that the cricketers will be summoned to India on December 2 for questioning.
Media reports have further indicated that the rotten nuts were first shipped from Indonesia to Sri Lanka before being exported to India. Sources have also told the Business Standard that the cricketers used their influence to obtain export licenses from the Sri Lankan government and formed dummy companies.
According to the laws, takes are waved off if the trade takes place directly between Sri Lanka and India and if the goods are produced in the two countries. But as the nuts were first imported from Indonesia, the taxes levied would have been a massive 108%.
This incident has brought another controversy to the forefront involving the former Sri Lankan all-rounder as he was recently charged by the ICC for breaching the anti-corruption code.