The hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions requesting an order be issued terming the Inland Revenue Amendment Bill unconstitutional concluded before the Supreme Court today (3).
Court today informed that the determination will be directed to the Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
The petitions were filed against the Amendment Bill tabled by the government in Parliament.
The petitions were considered before a three-member Supreme Court bench comprising justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Murdhu Fernando, and Janak de Silva.
Following several days of examination and the completion of oral submissions, the written submissions will be made by the two parties tomorrow (4).
The secret determination will subsequently be directed to the Speaker tomorrow.
The petitions were filed by several individuals including the High Court Judges Association, the Sri Lanka Judicial Officers Association challenging the Inland Revenue Amendment Bill.
The Attorney General has been cited as the respondent in the petitions.
The petitioners claim that through the Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bill, that was tabled by the government on the 21st of October, the monthly income of an individual who is subject to taxes has been reduced from Rs.250,000 to Rs.100,000.
The petitioners charge that the move is unjust.