Jul 14, 2018

JO to file case against 20th amendment! Featured

 A case would be filed in the Supreme Court against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which has been proposed by the JVP, said Gampaha district MP Sisira Jayakody.

According to the Constitution, the sovereignty of the country lies with the people and if the constitution is to be changed, then a referendum is required, he said, adding that he would take the matter to court.

Jayakody said that if the new Constitution is to be passed, it should be passed through a referendum.

He noted that this proposal would definitely be defeated in parliament.

According to information received by Sri Lanka Mirror, the senior members of the Joint Opposition had met under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the decision to file charges was taken subsequently.

It had been proposed to formulate this petition arguing that the current Executive Presidency cannot be abolished without a referendum.

The relevant petition is to be formulated by Prof. G.L. Peiris and several other President’s Counsel Attorneys.

The 20th Amendment bill was presented to parliament as a private members bill and was published on July 9th. If objections are to be filed in the Supreme Court against it, then it should be done within 14 days.