Sept 30, Madurai: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been filed in the Madras High Court today seeking the court to direct the central government of India to cancel the proposed sale of two Naval warships to Sri Lanka.
The petitioner, an advocate, has submitted to the court that Union Minister for State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy has recently confirmed the sale of two warships to Sri Lanka. Indian media reported.
He has alleged that the Sri Lankan Navy has killed 500 fishermen from Tamil Nadu while thousands of Tamils in the island republic were killed by its Army during the war against LTTE.
The petitioner has stated in his petition that there was a strong sentiment against Sri Lanka among Tamils in Tamil Nadu and they are angered and agonized by the proposal to sell warships to the island nation.
He says these warships could be used against the Tamil Nadu fishermen who are continually arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for intruding into Sri Lanka's territorial waters for fishing.
According to the media reports, the petitioner has filed the PIL in court since there was no response for his request to the central government and the state Chief Secretary to drop the proposal to supply the warships to Sri Lanka.
The Union Minister has said that the decision to sell the two warships however had been made based on an agreement signed few years ago.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa has asked the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately cancel any existing agreements for supply of naval ships to Sri Lanka and ensure no support is provided to Sri Lanka defence forces.
The Madras High Court is likely to hear the petition this week, according to media reports.