Government agreeable to allow FR cases against the President – Prof Peiris

Minister Prof G L Peiris speaking to reporters

ECONOMYNEXT- Education Minister Prof G.L. Peiris says that the government is ready to bring in a clause to the 20th amendment at the committee stage permitting citizens to go to courts against the President for fundamental rights violations, retaining what was already in 19th amendment.

Peiris, who is the chair of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), told reporters in Battaramulla today even though they will bring this change to the 20th amendment at the committee stage they are confident that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not do anything illegal during his term.

“We are not afraid not to do so, we know that no court in the country will give a verdict that President Rajapaksa has violated fundamental rights while his term as the president,” Peiris said.

Further, he said that the government is confident that they can get a two-thirds majority for the 20th amendment in the second and the third reading.

Moreover, he added that if the Supreme Court has proposed some changes to the 20th amendment, then the government is ready to accept those changes and present them at committee stage alone with the changes proposed by the government. (Colombo/Oct19/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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