Thirty-one petitions against constitutional amendments

[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 September 2002, 18:18 GMT]
Thirty-one petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the legality of the eighteenth and nineteenth constitutional amendments, which was tabled in parliament on September 19.

The majority of the petitions were filed against the nineteenth amendment, which restricts the powers of the President in dissolving parliament. Four petitions were filed Thursday, the last day for filing objections to the draft constitutional amendments, court sources said.

Petitioners have prayed the SC to determine that the government should hold a referendum on the proposed constitutional amendments in addition to the passage of them with two third majority in parliament, court sources said.

Several political parties including the main opposition Peoples Alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party, major constituent of the PA, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Sinhala Jathika Peramuna, Democratic Left Front and Liberal Party have filed these petitions. Several lawyers are also among the petitioners, sources said.

The eighteenth constitutional amendment is to strengthen the functioning of the eleven-member Constitutional Council that has been appointed under the seventeenth constitutional amendment.

All the thirty-one amendments will be mentioned shortly before the Chief Justice who will later fix dates for the inquiry and appoint panels of judges to hear the petitions, court sources said.

Meanwhile PA's former minister and at present a parliamentarian Mr. Richard Pathirana Wednesday addressing a meeting in the south of the country said that he would support and vote for the nineteenth constitutional amendment.

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.06.18 13:20   Photo
Colombo's TID wants to interrogate Tamil journalist from Batticaloa
21.06.18 16:24   Photo
Jaffna Tamil fishers mobilise against southern poaching, expose conduct of SL police
20.06.18 11:52  
Wigneswaran's secretary accuses SL Presidential Secretariat of dodging land release in North
19.06.18 18:33   Photo
SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa
18.06.18 23:05  
Occupying SL Police in Jaffna again blamed for dodging action on criminal policemen
17.06.18 23:51   Photo
SL policemen fire to kill Tamil man at Church premises in Mallaakam, Jaffna
16.06.18 20:31  
US naval, seismic partnerships with genocidal Sri Lanka bring miseries to Eezham Tamils in Trincomalee
15.06.18 21:07   Photo
Swiss ruling, a precedent-setting victory for Right of Self-Determination oriented freedom fighters
14.06.18 20:03  
Only an international investigation would establish truth on enforced disappeared
13.06.18 22:37   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala military-led industrialisation of KKS exploiting geopolitics
12.06.18 19:49   Photo
Mannaar mass grave could be from early 1990s, shocking details emerge
11.06.18 14:38  
Sirisena yet to revoke Gazette notification of Colombo's seizure of Champoor lands
10.06.18 19:14  
Tamil families caught in dilemma of transferring lands in Seruvila, Trincomalee
09.06.18 19:04  
SL military attempts to rout out Tamil shop owners in Ampaa'rai village
08.06.18 18:17  
131 Sinhala Buddhist installations crop up in North after 2009: NPC
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=7541