Law lecturer challenges Reparation Bill in SC

By Chitra Weerarathne

Attorney-at-Law, Ganga Dinesh De Silva, a lecturer at the Open University of Sri Lanka yesterday, filed a petition in the Supreme Court, complaining that the Bill titled, "The office for Reparation", was inconsistent with the Constitution of Sri Lanka, and, therefore, needed a two-thirds majority in Parliament or endorsement by people at a referendum to become law..

The petition has said the section (2)(6) of the Bill, which purports to transfer executive power to the prime minister, speaker, leader of the Opposition is contrary to Article 3,4 of the constitution of Sri Lanka, which deals with the sovereignty of the people. Further the bill is contrary to section 30(1) of the constitution of Sri Lanka.

This Bill seeks to identity persons eligible for reparation, keeping in mind, person aggrieved with man-made or natural disaster. The Bill will identify persons or individuals or on a collective basis, who could be eligible for reparation.

The bill has been placed in the order paper of parliament recently.

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