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Petitions challenging Constitutionality of 20A

SC to commence hearing today

A Supreme Court fuller Bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya is to commence its hearing today (29) regarding the Constitutionality of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Thirty nine Special Determination petitions have been filed so far against the twentieth amendment to the Constitution. Accordingly, these petitions will be heard before a five-judge-Bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

In terms of Article 121 (3) of the Constitution, the Supreme Court shall make and communicate its determination to the President and to the Speaker within three weeks of the filing of the petition.

Twenty one parties including former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Mayantha Dissanayake National Election Commission member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene filed petitions as of yesterday evening bringing total petitions to 39. Among them are; Attorney-At-Law Indika Gallage, TNA leader R. Sampanthan, Centre for Policy Alternative, SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Anil Kariyawasam, Nagananda Kodituwakku, S.S.C. Elankovan, Sithara Shreen Abdul Saroor, Transparency International, former Central Province Governor Keerthi Tennakoon, Rasika Jayakody, Lihini Fernando, Young Lawyers Association, General Secretary at Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union Sylvester Jayakody, Dr. Ajantha Perera, Ceylon Teachers Union, T.D.B. Wijegunawardena and G.K.R. Perera.

The petitioners are seeking a declaration that the bill in whole or in part thereby requires the approval by people at a referendum and requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament.