The Registrar of Companies of the Western Province of Sri Lanka has said that the running of a restaurant run by Sri Lanka's cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene and former captain Kumar Sangakkara as "The Crab Ministry" was illegal.
He has held that the restaurant was originally registered as "The Crab Corporation". This was announced by the President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga at the monthly breakfast meeting national newspaper editors had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning.
The matter arose as a question was raised from the President whether a recommendation by a government MP in charge of rehabilitation and reconciliation for the Government to create a separate Ministry of Rehabilitation following the end of a three decade old separatis insurgency.
President Rajapaksa said that the media was already criticising him for having more than fifty ministries, "and now there is a Ministry of Crab" also. The restaurant was recently opened at an upmarket food court which is a renovated old Dutch Hospital in Colombo's commercial Fort area.
Both cricketers are now on tour in Australia.