As of the 21st of April, 2021 the 5 judge panel appointed by the Supreme Court has received over 19 petitions against the Port City Economic Commission Bill. This bill was introduced by President Gotabaya Rajapakshe and recently put into gazette.
The passing of the bill would allow for the establishment of an Economic Commission that would be responsible for all activities in the Colombo Port City. The proposed commission would consist of a wide range of powers including the ability to approve investments in the Port City region without the approval of the Board of Investments.
On behalf of the President of the Sri Lanka Bar Association Saliya Peiris PC and its Secretary Rajeev Amarasuirya submissions to the court have been made by Ikram Mohammed PC and Udith Egalahewa.
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC made submissions on behalf of Murutthettawe Ananda Thera and Yasas Sri Nagasena. Naganada Kodituwaaku had also made a separate submission.
It is believed that the passing of the bill would allow room for the establishment of a separate legislative body other than parliament opening the door for the Port City region to be considered as a Chinese colony rather than sovereign Sri Lankan territory. The provisions of the bill are stated to be in conflict with the separation of powers and the rule of law as well as affecting the independence of the judiciary.
The general consensus of the petitions received by the Supreme Court requests the court to consider the bill as unconstitutional thereby requiring the government to withdraw it or the bill should be passed with a 2/3 majority in parliament and it will require a referendum before it is incorporated into law.
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