The Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provision) bill which allows the detention of a suspect without a warrant from 24 hours to 48 hours has been passed in parliament.
The bill was passed by a majority of 77 votes in parliament today with 110 votes for and 33 against it.
Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem had presented the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provision) Bill to parliament last year.
The government sought the extension of the detention period on the basis that it would help the investigations process.
Human rights groups however warned that the bill will lead to an increase in the abuse of power, extortion, torture and custodial deaths.
The Asian Human Rights Commission said the bill is dangerous in the present context and is very much likely to complicate the already overwhelming problems besetting the administration of criminal justice in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)