Supreme Court Highlights Constitutional Conflicts in Anti Terrorism Bill 

The Supreme Court has communicated to the Speaker of Parliament that certain provisions within the proposed Anti Terrorism Bill clash with the Constitution, necessitating their passage by a special majority and a referendum.

Deputy Speaker Ajith Rajapaksa relayed that the court identified Sections 3, 40, 53, and 70 as conflicting with constitutional principles, requiring endorsement by a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the public’s approval via a referendum.

Nonetheless, the court also indicated that the bill could be enacted with a simple majority if Parliament adopts the suggested modifications.