Indian forces took part in SL war: Plea

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Chennai: Did India clandestinely deploy its armed forces in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the ethnic war in 2009?

A PIL filed in the Supreme Court has said Indian military personnel took direct part in the war, and that some were even injured in the battle. A Sikh officer was commanding the forces, it said, citing eyewitness evidence and international probe. Noting that deploying Indian military without parliamentary or presidential nod is illegal, it sought a special tribunal to probe and prosecute persons who were behind the "illegal war", besides compensation to the immediate families of the victims.

The petition filed by Delhi-based advocate Ram Sankar, secretary of Delhi Tamil Advocates Association, last week has been listed for hearing on April 17.

The petition said Indian Army, Navy and Air Force personnel "were unlawfully sent to Sri Lanka to aid and abet the Sri Lankan forces in their internal war against Tamil minorities" in 2008 and 2009, without declaring an open war or without the sanction of the President of India, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces, and without parliamentary sanction required under Article 246 of the Constitution.

Sankar said he visited Sri Lanka several times as part of international humanitarian efforts. "Asylum seekers have said that a turbaned Indian officer was seen commanding the armed forces that were attacking Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu."

"The authorities, without declaring an open war, deployed the personnel of armed forces in aid and abetment of the armed forces of Sri Lanka. This fact was also not revealed to Parliament, which alone is vested with the power to regulate the military affairs. There is no provision in the Constitution permitting the use of Indian armed forces for any purpose other than for the defence of India," he said.

"This clandestine action of Indian armed forces to assist the Sri Lankan armed forces against Tamil rebels in a domestic conflict, not for the defence of India, in 2008 and 2009 is reported in paragraph 56 of a report prepared by an independent international panel of experts appointed by the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon. It was published on March 31, 2011," the PIL read.

It wanted the apex court to constitute a special investigation team under its control and supervision to probe individual and collective roles of Indian armed forces against Tamils, including persons of Indian origin, in Sri Lanka. It wanted the court to direct the authorities to constitute a special tribunal to prosecute those who committed the crimes against the lives, property and honour of Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka, and to direct them to pay adequate compensation to the immediate family members of the victims.

Sankar cited the ministries of defence, external affairs and home, besides the cabinet secretariat, as respondents in the case. (Source: Times of  India)
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  • R.R.Rohan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:22 PM

    no wonder so many civilians died.

    wije Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:40 AM

    Of course only Sri Lanka can do it.

    wije Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:44 AM

    Yet another TN election campaign in Delhi too.

    Kapil Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:19 PM

    Dirty political gimmicks. There was no war against the tamils. We fought together against terrorists. via DM Android App

    wije Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:48 AM

    No one can hide truth boy.

    Karu Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:50 AM

    Poor politics all over the place...Some expect that by involving Indian forces " directly " into final war will give unhrc's war inquiry into trouble.

    dse Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:50 AM

    [quote name="Sepoy "]Tamil lawyers are having hallucinations. No Indian soldiers were on ground in Sri Lanka. This is an attempt to get TN votes away from Congress and its allies.
    via DM Android App[/quote]

    S[quote name="Sepoy "]Tamil lawyers are having hallucinations. No Indian soldiers were on ground in Sri Lanka. This is an attempt to get TN votes away from Congress and its allies.
    via DM Android App[/quote]
    poy[quote name="Sepoy "]Tamil lawyers are having hallucinations. No Indian soldiers were on ground in Sri Lanka. This is an attempt to get TN votes away from Congress and its allies.
    via DM Android App[/quote]

    Sepoay! When were you born? Do not talk about things which you are not aware of.

    jim pappa Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:55 AM

    If the Hanuman forces did come to assist SL forces, we would still be fighting the war ! Maybe they were fighting FOR the LTTE which surely would have made the task easier for our forces.

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:59 AM

    LOL at what the ASYLUM seekers said.. he got to be kidding... a lawyer... is a professional liar they say... not without a meaning... This Ravi Shankar might be in the payroll of .....you know who.. or this is YET another ploy by USA coz of why India abstained in the voting at the UNHCR resolution.. LET THE GAMES BEGIN... USA and India.. USA and Russia... USA and China....

    a famous saying goes thus.... "Those empires that go up has to come down...." now its the time for USA.....

    wickremasinghe Dilip Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:03 AM

    Anton I like your comment. At least some one notice the funny side of a stupid story.
    Dilip

    Gobi Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:09 AM

    Everyone knows this. Without Indian assistance it is impossible win the war and suppress Tamils.

    Tom Cruse Jr Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:54 AM

    The Cat is let Out of the Bag..........lol. So who are the real war heroes now?

    ralli Hamid Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:21 AM

    When somebody give his opinion which is the truth you rotters would not publish it, isn't it

    reader Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:59 AM

    [quote name="Yuri"]This is the truth, there were many Indian military engineers were here and have played Heavy weapon supply[/quote]

    If that is true, they only aided in destroying a terrorist group.

    wickremasinghe Dilip Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:29 AM

    Well said

    TJ Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:42 AM

    Were the Indians running with the hare & hunting with the hounds?

    When three thousand Indian soldiers were brought to guard Manmohan Singh, when he attended SAARC meeting in Colombo, people were smelling something foul. No wonder our neighbors were jittery about the UN resolution calling for International probe, fearing possible exposure to their janus faced approach to our problems.

    Yuri Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:22 AM

    This is the truth, there were many Indian military engineers were here and have played Heavy weapon supply

    Sonali De Silva Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:22 AM

    So it took them 5 years to come out with this story. Did they have amnesia all these years? Now the "international countries' will have to check on the Indian soldiers for human rights violation also. This is getting more and more interesting.

    max Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:23 AM

    whoever did crimes,punish them.

    lucky peiris Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:29 AM

    stupid statement, we are Sri Lankans NOT indians, we can win any war without support of any one

    ABC Tuesday, 15 April 2014 02:17 PM

    Asylum seekers surely a tigers. That's why they lost the war. Cant even differentiate enemy. via DM Android App

    Tuan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:14 AM

    We do not require Indian foreces to win our battles.. we did it ourselves and we did it in grand style too, thats the truth.

    Kasun Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:01 PM

    let's see via DM Android App

    kamma Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:03 AM

    Hi UN and US and UK,
    Probably would you now keep silence showing but implicitly and explicitly your prejudice yet again?

    Thariq Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:40 AM

    Max, who will punish uncle sam, coz they are the biggest threat to the world peace

    warlord Tuesday, 13 May 2014 05:10 PM

    Well if Indian forces helped sri Lankan forces to crack down ltte every Indian must support our leader (whoever took that decision) coz ltte had to pay for what it did . they killed our prime minister. I am happy with death of prabhakaran revenge is over.. Anyone who stands or talk against India must be punished . I have nothing against tamilians but they must know just because some ppl in sri Lanka speak Tamil we just can't support em ..

    karnan Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:40 AM

    ok ok the why did you JR called the IPKFin 1988, were you born that time? grow up son.

    Musthaba Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:36 AM

    How about you sir ?

    Sinhapala Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:38 AM

    Definitely not on our side. They may have been on the other side of the front

    What??? Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:48 AM

    What the hec is that? via DM Android App

    Iran Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:14 PM

    They must have taken their part against SL Army, to protect terrorists.. via DM Android App

    ABC Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:04 AM

    Now they want to claim for that credit also. via DM Android App

    Sepoy Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:12 AM

    Tamil lawyers are having hallucinations. No Indian soldiers were on ground in Sri Lanka. This is an attempt to get TN votes away from Congress and its allies. via DM Android App

    ANTON Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:44 AM

    INDIANS LOST THE T 20 WORLD CUP AND NOW THEY ARE TRYING WIN SOMETHING ELSE.


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