Port City Commission Bill challenged in Supreme Court

Port City Commission Bill challenged in Supreme Court

Port City Commission Bill challenged in Supreme Court

Written by Zulfick Farzan

15 Apr, 2021 | 12:31 pm

Colombo (News 1st); A special petition was filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday (15) challenging the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill which was presented to parliament by the government of Sri Lanka.

The application was by Engineer Kapila Renuka Perera, the Chairman of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).

The petition notes the passage of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill would threaten Sri Lanka’s Economy and National Security and therefore, requested the Supreme Court to issue an order that is should be passed by a 2/3 majority in Parliament or by a public referendum.

The petitioner informed the Supreme Court that the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill permits the transfer, sale, and lease of property within the Colombo Port City to another party, while it also has the power to permit another party to approve the VISA of those employed in the Colombo Port City.

Engineer Kapila Renuka Perera pointed out allowing the country’s financial controls, which are vested with the Parliament, to be given to another party and granting special tax relief threatens Sri Lanka’s economy as well as National Security.

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