JO: Will go to SC over 20A

Published : 9:00 am  August 23, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (148) reads | 

If presented I will immediately go to the Supreme Court, says GL

 

LATE-CITY-DM-1-14By Kelum Bandara

The Joint Opposition said it would move the Supreme Court against the Government which was seeking to postpone the Provincial Council Elections by enacting the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Making his remarks to the Daily Mirror on behalf of the Joint Opposition, former Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said he would challenge it on the basis that a referendum was needed for it in addition to a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

He said the Government had published the Gazette notification on August 3 in this regard.


“Any time after two weeks of that, it can be presented to Parliament. It means it can happen any time after August 17,” he said. “If it is presented in the House, I will immediately go to the Supreme Court,” he said.


“My contention is that a referendum is mandatory in terms of the Constitution. 


“We are appalled at the degree of pressure being brought on the Attorney General’s Department to pursue the Rajapaksa family as a political witch-hunt and the usurpation of the powers of the Chief Justice by the Cabinet for a trial at bar,” he said.

 

 

We are appalled at the degree of pressure being brought on the Attorney General’s Department to pursue the Rajapaksa family as a political witch-hunt ….