Petition filed against Sri Lanka’s acquisition bill

Nov 08, Colombo: A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka has filed a fundamental rights petition at the Supreme Court Tuesday (08) against the government’s expropriation bill to acquire underperforming and underutilized assets bill.

Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thera have filed the petition at the country’s apex court seeking the withdrawal of the “Revival of Underperforming and Underutilized Assets” bill presented to the parliament today.

Senior members of Sri Lanka opposition United National Party including the co-deputy leaders Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya, Ravi Karunanayake, and Mangala Samaraweera along with several Buddhist monks were present at the filing of the petition.

The Supreme Court today said that, subject to the correction of drafting errors, the Bill or any of its clauses have not been found inconsistent with the Constitution.

The draft bill tabled by the government proposes taking over 37 private entities, including Sevanagala Sugar factory owned by Daya Gamage, opposition leader of the Eastern Provincial Council.

During the court procedure a tense situation had arisen when several more Buddhist monks and opposition political figures tried to enter the court complex while supporters of Minister Mervyn Silva gathered in front of the court complex supporting the draft bill, Sri Lanka Mirror reported.

However, the police had prevented any altercations and dispersed the crowds.

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