Centre urged to withdraw Katchatheevu pact with SL

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Voicing concern over increased attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, the Tamil Nadu Government has asked the Centre to initiate diplomatic steps and urged for withdrawal of the 1974 agreement ceding Katchatheevu islet to the island nation.

Replying to a special call attention on the issue in the Assembly, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today said her Government will seek legal course if the UPA Government failed to accede to the demand.

The Centre seemed to be of the opinion that fishermen from the
State were beyond India, she said while decrying the continued attacks.

In her detailed reply, she said ceding of Katchatheevu had resulted in attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy as Colombo was not respecting various provisions of the agreement relating to traditional rights.

Citing the Berubari judgment in the Supreme Court in 1960, she said that the then West Bengal Government had moved the court against ceding it to then East Pakistan and the court had ruled that such ceding could be done only after getting the approval of the two Houses of Parliament besides constitutional amendments.

“Had (DMK president) M Karunanidhi followed this in 1974 as Chief Minister, Katchatheevu would not have been ceded to Sri Lanka. He failed to do it,” she alleged.

Jayalalithaa recalled that in 2008 she had filed a case in the Supreme Court against the 1974 accord with the State Revenue Department later impleading in the case.

She said that every time fishermen were arrested, she took up the matter with the Centre and in the last one month, four attacks had been reported.

“Centre should strongly condemn these attacks, and to end these brutal attacks and the arrest of fishermen, should take diplomatic steps at least now. The Sri Lankan envoy in Delhi should be summoned and protest should be lodged over the attacks.

“Further, I insist that India should immediately withdraw the Katchatheevu agreement. Else, we will place strong arguments in the Supreme Court when the case comes up,” she said. (Source: The Hindu Businessline)

  Comments - 10

  • nimal Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:22 AM

    We should send back 2mn indian tamils working in up country as well. It will benefit us in the long run.

    Karunka Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:20 PM

    Now it's time India Central government to act sternly against this Tamil Club. If not it is not that far that this Tamil Club go against the Central Government and the central government power would be tumbled soon.

    Dolwatta Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:26 AM

    Another movie featuring Jaya akka...

    SAM_SPARROW Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:26 AM

    Sounds reasonable to me.

    Gafa Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:39 AM

    Hey Jaya, please leave your finger safe and do not Poke on a place where where you will not succeed. this is not the KAVERY issue, remember the ANT ARE SMALL But even can kill an Elephant, fish fall in trouble because of their bad mouth. Remember that.

    youand me Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:48 AM

    SL Govt should learn lessons from past. Dont forget this is 21st century. NO more kings! NOT ONLY TAMIL NADU AND INDIA Other Countries also changed their minds about Sri Lanka.
    Sri lanaka is no more green Island.. LOVE ALL. FOLLOW LORD BUDDHA. That is ONLY ONE GOOD MEDICINE To SRI LANKA.

    M.R.Wilson Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:58 PM

    In spite of the fact that North and East were merged on 8th September 1988 to fall in line with the Indo-Sri Lanka Pact signed between the Executive President of Sri Lanka J.R.Jayawardane and the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 29th July 1987, the said merger had been nullified by the Sri Lankan myopic judicature and this will surely have its repercussion one day or the other by way of abrogation of the
    agreement on Kachaitivu signed between the then Indian Prime Minister Indra Gandhi and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:41 AM

    You sound like one of the illiterates agreeing with whatever is said without even knowing what its about.

    S.P.Jesuthasan Tuesday, 24 September 2013 08:06 AM

    Could someone elaborate on the comment dated 2013-09-18 22:28 of Mr M.R.Wilson to be comprehensible to one and all, please.

    oops Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:00 AM

    no sooner, LTTE led by Jaya and Karuna bugger will capture India. can't wait to see that happening! via DM Android App


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