Inconsistencies in articles of Rehabilitation Bill – SC



The Supreme Court has determined that several articles of the proposed Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill are inconsistent with the Constitution.

Speaker – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena delivered the Supreme Court determination at the commencement of the Parliament sittings this morning (20).

The Supreme Court determined that the Bill, as a whole, is inconsistent with Article 12 (1) of the Constitution and can be enacted only by a special majority in parliament, unless the proposed articles are amended accordingly.

The SC determination states that this inconsistancy shall cease if :

(i) all references to “ex-combatants,” “violent extreme groups” and “other group of persons” are deleted from the Bill ;

(ii) the Bill is limited to the rehabilitation of drug dependent persons and such other persons may be identified by law.


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