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* Apex court in India rejects plea to probe Indian army's involvement in Sri Lanka war
Thu, Apr 17, 2014, 03:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 17, New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged role of the Indian Army in Sri Lanka's war.

A two-judge bench dismissing the plea by Ram Sankar, an advocate and human rights activist said the issue is beyond the jurisdiction of the court.

"There are issues which are absolutely beyond the domain of the court and this is one of them," the bench said.

Sankar filed the petition saying that a probe was necessary since the U.N. Secretary General's expert panel report implicates Indian armed forces for their involvement with the Sri Lankan army in alleged war crimes against Tamil civilians, including persons of Indian origin.

The petitioner has alleged that the Indian government deployed its Army in Sri Lanka without the authority and approval of the President of India and without the sanction of Parliament.

He has claimed that there was no provision in the Indian Constitution for permitting the use of the Indian Army for any purpose in a foreign soil other than for the defence of India.

Indian army's peace keeping force (IPKF) was performing a peacekeeping operation in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990. The IPKF withdrew from Sri Lanka after it suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization LTTE.

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