Oct 14, Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will examine tomorrow if the Divi Neguma Bill can be approved by the Governor of the Northern Province.
The Governor is expected to approve the act on behalf of the Provincial Council in absence of a democratically elected council.
A writ petition filed in this regard by Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah was directed by Colombo Appeal court to the Supreme Court for its consideration.
Senathirajah in his petition had questioned the Governor's authority to sanction the bill that requires approval from the Northern Provincial Council.
Divi Neguma Bill was published by gazette notification on last August 10th, and was included in the parliament order form.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Divi Neguma Bill, according to the 13th Amendment to Constitution will get included in the Provincial Council list and hence, the act should be submitted to the opinion of Provincial Councils and the President.
It is expected the powers of Provincial Councils will be directed to the central government.
All the functioning Provincial Councils in the country have agreed and accepted to legalize it.
The Northern Provincial Council is yet to be constituted after holding an election after the de-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.