SJB’s 21A needs to be approved by a referendum - AG

The Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution submitted by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya needs to be approved by the people through a referendum.

Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni De Silva on behalf of the Attorney General told the apex Court that the Speaker has also been apprised of the the requirement for a referendum for the adoption of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution presented by the SJB.

The Additional Solicitor General made this revelation when the five petitions seeking an Order declaring that the draft 21st and 22nd Amendments to the Constitution presented in Parliament are in contrary to the Constitution. These two amendments were presented in parliament by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Parliamentarian Ranjith Maddumabandara as Private Member’s Bills.

These petitions were taken up for consideration before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Arjuna Obeysekere and Janak De Silva. These petitions were filed by Attorney Nuwan Bellanthudawa on behalf of the Deshapremi Jathika Peramuna, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera on behalf of the Jathika Sanvidana Ekamuthuwa and Colonel Anil Amarasekera.


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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