The Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said the Judiciary has violated Article 121 (1) of the Constitution by not complying with the procedures laid out in the Constitution to be followed as regards a petition filed against the ‘Divi Neguma Bill challenged in Court for its constitutionality. He said Supreme Court ruling on the Bill was conveyed to Parliament and was delivered to the Secretary General of Parliament and not the Speaker. The Speaker said such delivery to the Secretary General of Parliament shall not be treated by Parliament as due compliance with the terms of Article 121 (1) of the Constitution and such error cannot be pardoned.
He said three petitions had been filed in the Supreme Court challenging a Bill titled ‘Divineguma’. One of the petitioners addressed a petition to the Supreme Court and delivered a copy to the Secretary General of Parliament on 17.08. 2012 whereas the Constitution has declared that it has to be delivered to the Speaker. The Supreme Court in the present determination decided that such a delivery to the Secretary General of Parliament was in order, which is the matter in issue. He said there were two other petitions with regard to the same Bill that were correctly delivered to the Speaker, though one was outside the prescribed time period.
The Speaker said any conflict between the executive, the legislature and eh judiciary should be treated intelligently and avoid any repetitions.