Tabling of the Right to Information Bill debated in Parliament

Tabling of the Right to Information Bill debated in Parliament

Tabling of the Right to Information Bill debated in Parliament

Written by Lahiru Fernando

27 Apr, 2015 | 10:35 pm

The tabling of the Right to Information Bill was debated as an urgent bill in Parliament on Monday, as the opposition charged that the bill has already been referred to the Supreme Court without the Parliament being informed.

Speaking on the matter, the Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella noted that they are prepared to present the bill to parliament following the determination of the Supreme Court.

When the question was raised by UPFA MP Dinesh Gunewardena asking if a copy has been sent to the Speaker, the Speaker replied saying that he has not received ‘anything.’

The Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakshe then noted that a request has been made to the Supreme Court to consider the bill and arrive at a conclusion regarding the bill, once the 19th Amendment is passed.

UPFA Parliamentarian, Professor G.L. Peiris then spoke out stating that, if a decision regarding this is being requested within 24 hours, before the 19th amendment to the constitution is passed, it is completely wrong – as the situation of the law changes.

Professor Peiris went on to request from the Supreme Court to give their determination a few hours prior to the passing of the 19th amendment.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responding to a statement, spoke up saying he will not bring in the Right to Information Bill as an urgent bill if everyone is against doing so.


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