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20A to Constitution: SC concludes hearing - UPDATE

The Supreme Court yesterday concluded arguments put forward in support and against the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Accordingly, all parties relating to the petitions were directed to submit their written submissions today (6) by 3 pm. The Supreme Court’s determination over the proposed constitutional amendment bill is to be communicated to the Speaker later.

The Supreme Court five-judge-Bench comprised Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and Vijith K. Malalgoda.

In his submissions, Attorney General Dappula de Livera informed the Supreme Court that all the clauses of the bill are consistent with the constitution. The Attorney General argued that there is no necessity to approve any provision in the bill by people at a referendum.

Thirty nine petitioners including including SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, MP Mayantha Dissanayake, TNA leader R. Sampanthan, SJB Youth Organization Propaganda Secretary Rasika Jayakody had filed Special Determination petitions challenging the constitutionality of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Twenty intervenient petitioners including Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister Gamini Lokuge, Attorney Sagara Kariyawasam, Ven. Omare Kassapa Thera, W.A.D. Weeratilleke, D.M. Dayaratne and P.G.B. Abeyratne sought court’s permission to intervene into these Special Determination petitions.

President’s Counsel K. Kanagiswaran, M.A. Sumanthiran PC, Geoffrey Alagaratnam PC, Counsel Suren Fernando, Viran Corea, Chrismal Warnasuriya, Dharshana Weraduwage, Shiral Lakthilaka appearing for the petitioners.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, Shavindra Fernando PC, Kushan de Alwis, Gamini Marapana PC, Navin Marapana PC, Senior Counsel Rajpal Abeynayake and Kaushalya Nawaratne appeared for the intervenient petitioners.


 

SC concludes hearing of petitions against 20A - UPDATE [05-10-2020 Time 14:00 ] 

The Supreme Court has concluded the hearing regarding the Constitutionality of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

The decision of the court will be sent to the President and the Speaker.

 

SC resumes hearing of petitions against 20A for fourth day (10:16)

The five-Judge Bench of Sri Lanka Supreme Court has commenced hearing regarding the Constitutionality of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, for the fourth day today.

Thirty nine Special Determination petitions have been filed so far against the twentieth amendment to the Constitution.

The five-Judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya commenced hearing of the petitions on last Tuesday (Sept.29).

 The bench includes Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

On Wednesday (30), attorneys appearing on behalf of 32 of the petitions filed challenging the proposed constitutional amendment had concluded their statements.

When the petitions were taken up on Friday (02), the attorneys representing all 39 petitions against the constitutional amendments concluded their oral submissions against the original draft of the 20th Amendment.