Sri Lanka, July 4 -- Two petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court stating that certain Articles in the State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill are against the Constitution and seeking a court order calling for two-third majority consent of the members of the Parliament as well as a referendum to pass the Bill.

The petitions were filed by Joint Opposition Parliamentarians Udaya Gammanpila and Sisira Jayakody against the State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill, which was recently tabled in the Parliament by the government.

The Attorney General has been cited as the respondent of the petitions.

The petitioners claim that the State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill has proposed to transfer the ownership of the lands to license-holding land...