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HC dismisses petition on fishermen issue

2014 Jan 25

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 here on Thursday.

A Division Bench comprising Justices R. Sudhakar and V.M. Velumani dismissed the review petition citing that there were no sufficient grounds to review the earlier judgment.

In an order dated November 2, 2012, Justices Vinod K. Sharma and A. Selvam had dismissed the public interest litigation filed by B. Stalin.

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 by the Sri Lankan navy after the State and the Union governments submitted that adequate measures had already been taken to protect the fishermen hailing from Tamil Nadu.

In his review petition, Mr. Stalin contended that several instances of assault on Tamil fishermen and their arrests by the Sri Lankan navy continued after the submissions of the governments that adequate measures were taken to ensure their safety.

In their order, Justices Sudhakar and Velumani dismissed the review petition, but gave the petitioner liberty to file an appropriate petition on the matter.

Keywords: fishermen issue, Tamil fishermen, Sri Lankan navy, fishermen arrest, Indo-Sri Lankan fishermen issue, Indian fishermen, International Maritime Boundary, Tamil Nadu fishermen

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