The Supreme Court today announced that the VAT Bill is null and void, as due procedure was not followed when presenting the bill. This was communicated today in Parliament by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
Following the Supreme Court statement, an urgent meeting with party leaders were called for by the Speaker to discuss the matter.
Common Sense / August 9, 2016
At last the Apex Court is showing its teeth. Now the critics cannot say that it is subservient to the executive.
Admitedly there are shortage of funds. but one must not be so unreasonable to levy a VAT on health, which is the very living of people and make double Taxes on Telephone and Internet charges. Let there be some sanity in teh system.
shankar / August 10, 2016
“At last the Apex Court is showing its teeth. Now the critics cannot say that it is subservient to the executive.”
hahahahahahaha.This is ranil’s VAT,not sirisena’s.Siri only appointed CJ,not ranil.Siri has publicly shown his displeasure of the VAT to the people,safeguarding himself from the fallout.
siripavan is the CJ who dismissed the national list case saying that it is not of public interest and does not require a 3 judge bench and he alone will suffice for the purpose of judging it.Now good ol naga has filed a corruption case against him,because he got the benefit of CJ post and is repaying Siri for that.Throwing cow dung on the people by appointing as ministers those who have been rejected by the people,is not of public interest according to CJ.
as long as we have the executive appointing the judges,there will always be subservience of the judiciary to the executive.Go to the private sector and see whether a employee who is appointed by someone is not going to be loyal to that person,regardless of right or wrong done by that person.
The only way to get rid of subservience is to in the new constitution see that people who have to work independently of the executive like the courts and police etc are appointed in a different way other than by the executive.
buddhika / August 9, 2016
It is disgraceful that the lawmakers do not know the correct procedure in bringing a bill to the parliament. These people are saying that they do not interfere with the affairs of the judiciary, but what the PM said in parliament is a disgrace to the judiciary. When peopke make mistakes, they should be sad about themselves. But, these people are proud to say that what they did was made null and void by the judiciary.
Gamaya / August 9, 2016
When we have donkeys in the Parliament who do not know to follow the correct procedure to get a bill passed, how can we expect them to rule the country. Has Parliament in Sri Lanka become a paradise for fools.
words / August 9, 2016
This government as a whole is null and void!! How stupid could they be to push a major bill like this through without following due process! After this they want us to trust them in finalising ECTA with big bully India??? Shame! Shame! Shame!
By Jingo / August 10, 2016
Right! There’s no excuse for stupidity on the part of the government. Don’t they have a legal department that advises them on these moves???
The way these guys are going they may even give the last regime a run for their money in the corruption and stupidity game!
thrishu / August 9, 2016
Make MR and family pay for the losses. Confiscate all their ill gotten assets both in country and abroad. If the VAT increase was allegedly to recuperate the losses incurred by MR regime’s misappropriation of pubic funds, make them pay back to compensate. Wrong and no sense in forcing all citizens to make up for the greed of few selfish people that squirreled away public funds for personal gains.
words / August 9, 2016
You make the likes of Ranjan Ramanayake look clever!!! Careful!! Lol
SLCitizen / August 9, 2016
What the fk MR and his family has to do when Ranil and Karu do not know the constitution of the country and do not know the correct procedure to get a bill passed. You must be one of those guys who get paid in $$$s to sling mud on MR for the blunders this government is doing.
Simon De Silva / August 9, 2016
Please add thoughts that can be applicable.
Do you ever think it is easy MR family assets to be confistcated for the sake of all the debts ?
Then all the bunch of met people will come to streets calling that the govt is going to take their assets… that i show lankens in General behave. See how many joined the lately held padada yathra are knowledgble about the gravity of the economic crisis left by Rajano ? They the fools just enjoy such Padada or the kind of jolyful, but funny events introduced by most abusive Rajakshe clans- just not thinking twice. That is the nature of lanken average – that have been on the Punnakku as their principal food.
Kushan / August 10, 2016
When u say sri lankans eat punnakku it includes u and ur family too ha?
Patriot / August 9, 2016
Although the Yahapalana Suckers rejoice all decisions by the the courts as a sign of independence of the Judiciary, the real reason is that the Yahapal Suting and Marting duo has discredited the Judiciary internationally playing to the tunes of the LTTE Diaspora. This is pay back time the Judiciary is taking a stand against this government and clearly so. Way to go the funny wig guys. Way to go.
Ansar / August 9, 2016
What about the unreasonable amounts levied on health sector ? Can they be claimed back or it becomes ill gotten wealth for the government.
A cool 100K is charged as VAT on each of the bypass patients and easily hundreds of people would have paid this up to now, just to stay alive.
I am sure that even the hospitals who have charged these exorbitant taxes would not refund these blood money taken from the dying patients, nor would it pay it to the Tax Authorities. It is best if the court issues a verdict to refund these ill gotten wealth, back to the masses.
Over to legal experts.
eldorado / August 9, 2016
Another act in the “Comedy of Errors” Presented by The Sirisena Wickremasinghe Theatrical Production Group.
Nagananda / August 9, 2016
When justice demonstrably prevails people should not hesitate to respect the judges for upholding the rule of law and the Constitution.
bandito / August 9, 2016
“justice demonstrably prevails”
Nominated MP’s like Rosey would giggle at your comment.
A one off knee jerk by the judiciary at fool’s paradise. When VAT at India is 14.5% there is no fear of diverting FDI. However, FDI has other constraints like copyright law, patent rights.
Lanka Watch / August 9, 2016
It looks funny that the judiciary had to tell the lawmakers as how to
present a bill in parliament, following the correct procedures. They should be sent back to school.This is the place where many constitu-
tional experts like Dr. N.M. Colvin, G.G., Chelva debated for over 60 years. This bill will now be put on hold and the Govt. will look to China for loans to pay govt. expenses, by yielding some concessions
to Chinese govt.
There is a possibility that the Govt. could over rule S.C. decision
as pride comes in first and executive powers could be used.
bandito / August 10, 2016
“will look to China for loans to pay govt. expenses,”
You have not been reading or following the $ 1.5 Billion IMF loan procedures.
A $3 billion bond was due by July so you can expect that or they would have to devalue, and would have difficulty paying the increased government staff wages.
“This is the place where many constitu- tional experts like Dr. N.M. Colvin, G.G., Chelva debated for over 60 years. “
They were politicians in principal and they all referred the great humble man of refugee stock in India Nani Palkhiwala he could quote chapter verse of the Indian constitution off the cuff and he has many books on law of evidence all of which are referred by all the lawyers of Ceylon/Lanka.
His best was when he stopped all powerful Indira Gandhi from becoming a dictator by defining the concept of what is `Supreme and Just` to a nation of 80% Hindus.
Every sitting supreme court judge agreed with him and Indira faded away without a fight or removing the Supreme Court Judge as happened at lanka.
(you can look it up under his profile)
The lankan foundation is obscure the building is always cracked like kuddu pakistan.
the breed counts while stupids fight because of free education.
ballah / August 10, 2016
yamapalane is DOOMED
banana republic / August 10, 2016
I understand that MR government left the country high and dry and the present government need to collect finances to run the country, But before taxing the same people who brought this government in shouldn’t they try to recover the moneys robbed by the people in the previous regime. There was a clear case where a Chinese company as paid a donation to a charity fund of the spouse of a politician and charged it to the country. Why doesn’t the government confiscate all these ill gotten wealth from politicians who have become millionaires overnight during the previous regime and use it till these people show how they earned the money, And if the government is too weak-kneed to go after the politicians of the previous regime and the only option they have is to tax people, why should these moneys be used to increase the perks of politicians, buy new vehicles for politicians, rent out private properties to house ministry offices where no service is done to the public. Shouldn’t the government put off these unnecessary expenditure to feed their politicians without taxing the basic requirements of the public.
NOW THAT VAT IMPOPSITION IS RULED NULL AND VOID PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM THE VAT CHARGED TO THEM FROM HOSPITALS AND ANY PRIVATE INSTITUTION. TELECOM, DIALOG etc SHOULD REFUND THE VAT THEY CHARGED TO THEIR CLIENTS AND DEDUCT IT FROM THE FUTURE BILLS>