Nov 02, Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will hear a petition filed challenging the Appropriation Bill for 2014 on November 4th.
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its executive director has challenged the 2014 Appropriation Bill that was tabled in parliament on October 22nd.
The CPA in the petition said it is concerned that the proposed Bill is part of a continued effort to denude Parliamentary oversight over public finance which is essential to promote accountability and transparency in the manner in which tax payer money is utilized.
"The resulting position would be that Parliament would be rendered impotent to curb the excesses of the Executive arm of government, and thereby consolidate Executive control over the other arms of government," the CPA has noted.
In its petition, the CPA has challenged the constitutionality of several clauses of the Bill.
The petition has contended that the bill amounts to a clear violation of the Constitution which mandates that parliament shall have full control over Public Finance.
"The removal of specific public funds from within the control of Parliament is directly inconsistent with the Constitution and amounts to a grave violation of the inalienable sovereignty of the People," the CPA said.