The 21st Amendment to the Constitution tabled as a private MP motion by Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa has been withdrawn as revealed in the Supreme Court today (26).
As the petitions filed against the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution were taken up for hearing, the Attorney General’s Department informed the Supreme Court that Rajapaksa’s had informed the Speaker that the relevant motion was to be withdrawn.
The petitions against the 22A were filed by Convener of the National Organisers Collective Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara and Attorney at Law Nuwan Bellanthudawa of the Deshapremi Jathika Peramuna.
The private motion added to the Parliament Order Book by Rajapaksa had suggested to slash powers vested in the Executive Presidency.
The other 21st Amendment to the Constitution proposed by the Ranil Wickremesinghe-led government was also presented to the Cabinet by Rajapaksa as the Justice Minister.