Court decision on constitutional amendment sent to Speaker
[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 September 2010, 04:44 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Wednesday sent its decision on the
proposed constitutional amendments to the Speaker of the House, Chamal Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The decision would be announced in the parliament on
September 7. The five-member Bench of the Supreme Court chaired by
Justice Shiranee Bandaranaike went through the draft bill that removes
the restriction of the two term executive presidency system and
the introduction of a parliamentary Advisory Council replacing the
Constitutional Council appointed under the 17th amendment of the
The five-member Bench of the Supreme Court heard the submissions filed
on behalf of the Sinhala Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and
the Centre for Policy Alternative (CPA).
They had filed intervening petitions arguing that the bill required a referendum and a two thirds majority in the House.