Government is working to bring in state land provisions bill: Supreme Court

Government is working to bring in state land provisions bill: Supreme Court

Government is working to bring in state land provisions bill: Supreme Court

Written by Staff Writer

11 Jul, 2019 | 9:52 pm

Colombo (News 1st): The Supreme Court stated today (July 11) that the government is working to bring in a state land provisions bill to give state lands to people who they want, without meeting the proper criteria and legal provisions.

Attorney-at-Law Premanath Dolawatte appearing on behalf of MP Sisira Jayakody and Attorney-at-Law Kanishka Vitharana said that the petitions filed against the state land special provisions bill was re-examined today.

The petitions had been called before the Supreme Court Bench comprising judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, Prasanna Jayawardena and L.T.B Dehideniya. Attorney-at-Law Kanishka Vitharana stated that the landlords must meet certain criteria and the criteria for transferring a state-owned land.

However, he argued that this move by the government to grant land to the people who they want was a violation of fundamental rights. Parliamentarians Udaya Gammanpila and Sisira Jayakody, Attorney at law – Premanath C. Dolawatta and Ulapane Sumangala Thero have filed petitions challenging the bill.

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