The much hyped Right to Information Bill, which was presented in Parliament in March suffered a setback today, after the Supreme Court ruled that certain clauses of the bill was in violation of the Constitution, and steps must be taken to amend them accordingly.
The Court also ordered that the bill must be passed by a special majority in Parliament, if it is to be made a law in the country, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament today.
The Right to Information Bill was presented in Parliament on March 24 by Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka. The Right to Information Bill provides for the establishment of the right to Information Commission, setting out the procedures for obtaining information and for matters connected, in an effort to uphold the people’s right to know.
The Bill which is one of the main pledges as part of President Sirisena’s 100 day work programme, received Cabinet approval in December last year.