State Land (Special Provisions) Bill challenged in SC | Daily News


State Land (Special Provisions) Bill challenged in SC

Two thirds majority and referendum sought for its passage

A Special Determination petition challenging the Bill entitled ‘State Land (Special Provisions)’ was filed before the Supreme Court yesterday.

Convener of the of the Truth Seeker’s Organization has sought a declaration that this bill shall become law only through a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the approval of the people at a referendum. The petitioner, Attorney Premanath Dolawatta stated that the concerned bill was presented to Parliament and placed in the Order Paper of Parliament on June 28, 2019. Dolawatta states that the Bill contains 36 clauses and a schedule and the entirety of the Bill violates and is inconsistent with Articles 3, 4, 12(1), 12(2), 75, 154G of the Constitution.

The petitioner stated that the purpose of the proposed law is to alienate State lands which amounts to a breach of the duty of the state to be the guardian of state lands holding the same in trust.

This special determination petition was filed through counsel Nalin Samarakoon.

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