Saturday, 25 January 2014 - 13:18
Madras high court dismisses petition against Sri Lanka Navy
A review petition against an order of a Division Bench dismissing a public interest litigation seeking adequate measures to protect Tamil fishermen from alleged attacks by the Sri Lankan navy was dismissed at the Madras High Court Bench.
A Division Bench dismissed the review petition citing that there were no sufficient grounds to review the earlier judgment.
The petitioner had sought surveillance by air force and naval ships along the Indo-Sri Lankan oceanic borders to protect the Tamil fishermen from alleged attacks.
In their order, Justices Sudhakar and Velumani dismissed the review petition, but gave the petitioner liberty to file an appropriate petition on the matter.
Meanwhile, Indian Union shipping minister G K Vasan said the Katchatheevu agreement with Sri Lanka should be reviewed to ensure the fishing rights of Indian fishermen.
The minister expressed his opinion a day after the Centre informed the Madras high court that Katchatheevu belongs to Sri Lanka and that Indian fishermen have no right to fish near the islet.
However, Navy Media Spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya stated that there is no need for Indian fishermen to use the Katchchativu island unlike before where they used to dry their fishing nets on the island.