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Friday, 02 November 2012 - 8:19
Supreme Court informs its decision on Divineguma to Speaker
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The Supreme Court verdict on the constitutionality of the Divineguma draft bill has been delivered to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

Reports say that the verdict was submitted on 31st.

The Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, Nimal Gamini Amaratunga and K. Sri Pavan prepared the verdict.

A group including Samurdhi Development Officers' Association secretary Chaamara Madduma Kalugey had filed several petitions requesting that the Supreme Court issues a verdict to the effect that the Divineguma draft bill should be passed by a two third's majority as well as by a referendum as it is allegedly against the constitution.

While 14 petitions for and against the Divineguma bill had been filed, hearing of the petitions ended on 23rd.

In section 121 of the Constitution it is said that the Supreme Court should issue the verdict with regard to such special petitions within 21 days after the date of filing.

Accordingly the verdict was scheduled to be issued on 31st.

While parliament is due to meet on 6th instant, the Supreme Court verdict with regard to the Divineguma draft bill will be presented to parliament as a communication from the Speaker on that day. 

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