Parliament yesterday passed the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill.
The Bill received 110 votes in favor and 33 against and passed by the House with amendments.
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) and the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) decided to vote against the bill.
The Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill presented to the parliament on October 11 last year by the Justice Minister would enable the police to detain a person who has been arrested without a warrant for 48 hours before producing the suspect in court.
Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said during the debate on the Bill titled ‘Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill’, that such detention would be warranted only in case of 15 offences outlined in the Penal Code. Murder, culpable homicide, kidnapping or abduction to murder or with intent to confine a person, rape, theft and offences committed with the use of explosives, an offensive weapon or a gun are some of them.
Following a fundamental rights petition filed against the legislation before the Supreme Court last year, the court has held that Clause 8 of the Bill was inconsistent with the Article 13(2) of Constitution and should be approved by a two-third majority.