The State government on Monday urged the Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha in Colombo to make one more attempt with Lankan authorities to release the 81 boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen without insisting on applications from the boat owners.
“If it is not possible, arrangements may be made to engage lawyers to take up the matter in Sri Lankan courts for an early release of the boats. The legal expenses will be borne by Tamil Nadu government,” the Fisheries Secretary S Vijayakumar said in his communication to Sinha on Monday.
This step is in consonance with the procedure indicated in the letter of the Counsellor (Cons), High Commission of India, Colombo, dated February 5.
He had said the boat owners were required to engage lawyers to file a motion in the respective courts for advancing the dates of hearing of the cases and requesting release of the boats. The Fisheries Secretary said the Tamil Nadu government would depute the Assistant Director of Fisheries, Rameswaram, and an Inspector of Fisheries with the power of attorney from the boat owners to follow up on the issue in Sri Lankan courts to have the boats released. (Express News Service)
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Senator Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:18 AM
Tamil Nadu,to avoid all this fuss,would it not be better to instruct your coast guard to stop these fishermen delliberately crossing over the maritime border of Sri Lanka and fishing with impunity?
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