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Madras High Court rejects public petitions on fishermen

Feb 25, 2011 11:26:46 AM - itnnews.lk

The Madras High Court has dismissed two public interest writ petitions seeking security to Indian fishermen near Sri Lankan waters and a judicial probe into the alleged failure of the Coast Guard to prevent attacks on fishermen.

Chennai reports said the High Court noted that it has no jurisdiction to pass orders on an issue involving bilateral relationship between two neighbouring countries. The first bench comprising Chief Justice M. Yusuf Eqbal and Justice T.S Sivagnanam dismissed the petitions filed by LTA Peter Rayan of Chennai. In the first petition, Rayan wanted a direction to the Union Defence Ministry to provide adequate protection to Tamil Nadu fishermen. In his second petition, he sought a direction to the Centre to constitute a Committee under the chairmanship of a High Court judge to inquire into Coast Guard’s failure to prevent human rights violations by the Sri Lankan Navy on Tamil fishermen since 1983.