Written by Tharushan Fernando
07 Oct, 2016 | 9:08 pm
The speaker made an announcment with regard to the VAT Amendment Bill informing the Parliament of receiving a copy of the petition that has been filed with the Supreme Court with regard to the VAT Amendment Bill as per articel 121 (1) of the constitution
Two petitions were filed at the Supreme Court, today, against the proposed VAT Amendment Bill that has been presented to Parliament. The petitions were filed by UPFA MP’s Bandula Gunawardena and Sisira Jayakody.
The petitions were filed citing that sections 1 to 18 of the proposed VAT Amendment Bill are in contravention of the constitution.
Accordingly, the petitioners sought an interpretation to be made by court that the VAT Amendment Bill was not in conformity with the constitution and that the Bill presented should be passed by a 2/3rd majority or a referendum.
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