30 June, 2022


Update:15 Petitions Were Filed In The SC Challenging The Constitutionality Of 11 Bills

By Colombo Telegraph

15 petitions were filed in the Supreme Courts today challenging the constitutionality of 11 of the Bills tabled in parliament last Friday.  The challenged Bills are; Strategic Development Projects (Amendment), Betting and Gaming Levy (Amendment),Nation Building Tax (Amendment),Fiscal Management (Responsibility) (Amendment),Finance, Value Added Tax (Amendment),  Inland Revenue (Amendment), Notaries (Amendment), Powers of Attorney (Amendment), Registration of Documents (Amendment) and Tax Appeals Commission (Amendment). 21 Bills below were presented last Friday;

Presentation of Bills

The Hon. Leader of the House of Parliament moved the following Bills:-

1. Fiscal Management (Responsibility) (Amendment)

(to amend the Fiscal Management (Responsibility) Act, No. 3 of 2003.)

2. Economic Service Charge (Amendment)

(to amend the Economic Service Charge Act, No. 13 of 2006.)

3. Excise (Amendment)

(to amend the Excise Ordinance (Chapter 52).)

4. Strategic Development Projects (Amendment)

(to amend the Strategic Development Projects Act, No.14 of 2008.)

5. Ports and Airports Development Levy (Amendment)

(to amend the Ports and Airports Development Levy Act, No. 18 of 2011.)

6. Telecommunication Levy (Amendment)

(to amend the Telecommunication Levy Act, No. 21 of 2011.)

7. Value Added Tax (Amendment)

(to amend the Value Added Tax Act, No. 14 of 2002.)

8. Customs (Amendment)

(to amend the Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235))

9. Betting and Gaming Levy (Amendment)

(to amend the Betting and Gaming Levy Act, No. 40 of 1988.)

10. Nation Building Tax (Amendment)

(to amend the Nation Building Tax Act, No. 9 of 2009.)

11. Inland Revenue (Amendment)

(to amend the Inland Revenue Act, No. 10 of 2006.)

12. Tax Appeals Commission (Amendment)

(to amend the Tax Appeals Commission Act, No. 23 of 2011.)

13. Finance

(to amend the Finance Act, No 16 of 1995, the Finance Act, No.25 of 2003, the Finance Act, No. 12 of 2012 and the Finance Act, No. 11 of 1963; to provide for the imposition of a crop insurance levy; and to provide for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.)

14. Marriage Registration (Amendment)

(to amend the Marriage Registration Ordinance (Chapter 112))

15. Muslim Marriage and Divorce (Amendment)

(to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (Chapter 115).)

16. Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment)

(to amend the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Chapter 110).)

17. Notaries (Amendment)

(to amend the Notaries Ordinance (Chapter 107).)

18. Kandyan Marriage and Divorce (Amendment)

(to amend the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act (Chapter 113))

19. Registration of Documents (Amendment)

(to amend the Registration of Documents Ordinance (Chapter 117).)

20. Powers of Attorney (Amendment)

(to amend the Powers of Attorney Ordinance (Chapter 122).)

21. Resettlement Authority (Amendment)

(to amend the Resettlement Authority Act, No. 9 of 2007.)

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    all petitions will be thrown out. but to show impartiality, Mohan Peiris will suugest a few amendments.

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    No worries for the regime.

    “Ape miniha” Mohan Pieris will throw them all out.

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      Will this action be described as a load of “kes palena tharka” ?

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    Its time for the masses to record all the illegal things that the government is doing. When ever there is a change in the regime it should be made sure that these people are brought before a public inquiry telecasted over the TV and Radio and made to answer all the wrong doings and crimes against the citizens of Sri Lanka. Let it be the President, Cabinet Members, Speaker, Cheap Justice we have now, MPs, Police Chiefs, Army Chiefs, the rouge Secretaries of various ministries, politicians and civil servants. At that time there should be real punishment given to the people who have done wrong. We should involve international jurists to do the inquiries. Its time we clean Sri Lanka.

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      Totally agreed!

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    Yes, Lankan. All crimes committed by this regime and its cronies holding high office should be meticulously recorded to make sure they will get due punishment come the Day of Reckoning!

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    Past history of trying Politicians in Courts for wrong-doing has
    not been fruitful has an important twist to the following Report was
    only recently revealed by Sarath N Silva – the former Chief Justice:

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    Way to go. Start challenging each and every unconstitutional and illegal act of the regime in the courts. Lets see if justice is dead or alive in Sri Lanka.

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    My opinion is it is useless to go to the Supreme court seeking justice as every case against the government is thrown away since of late.Hence the only option which remains is boycotting.If nobody goes to the Supreme court then they will be jobless.That is the most effective protest.

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    Boycotting the Supreme Court will be just what the regime wants. No! keep bombarding them with genuine petitions. Politicians (including all Government ones and most opposition) hanker after material benefits (reward and robbery) and recognition. There is little that can be done against the first. For the second, resolve to ignore and boycott at all available times – no attendance at meetings and publicity tamashas, no invitations to weddings etc., no film crews allowed in funeral homes, no replies to letters, including Inland Revenue (let all 400,000 of us go to jail!), no petting of children unless asked to do so! They will soon wither away to normalcy and decency
    Next stage, stop buying petrol for a week – let the storage tanks fill to capacity, stop smoking and drinking for one month and starve the Treasury. China has already declared a stoppage of lending for profligacy.
    The big question is – are enough of us concerned and have the guts to join? Or, do we be sycophants till our early demise?

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