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Jaya moves SC against Centre on Kachatheevu Island

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged the Supreme Court to expeditiously hear its petition challenging the Centre's 1974 decision to cede Kachatheevu Island to Sri Lanka.

"It is therefore just and necessary that the instant writ petition is heard at an early date. Grave prejudice and irreparable loss and hardship would continue to be caused to the fisher folk of Tamil Nadu whose lives and liberty to carry on their occupation are in danger with every passing day," she said in her application through counsel Srikala Gurukrishna Kumar.

Under an agreement reached on June 26, 1974, between the two countries, India agreed to cede its rights on Kachatheevu Island to Sri Lanka. By another agreement, India also agreed to cede its fishing rights in the island area.

On January 5, 2009, the apex court had issued notice to the Centre on Jayalalithaa's petition challenging the two agreements "as unconstitutional and non-est" and had sought a direction to ensure all measures to protect the life and livelihood of the Indian fishermen carrying on fishing activity around Kachatheevu.

In its fresh application, the state government said a large number of fishermen from Tamil Nadu had been killed or caught by the Lankan Navy while they were fishing in the area.

Jayalalithaa claimed that she had also written as many as 11 letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the AIADMK assumed power in May 2011.

Kachatheevu was a small barren uninhabited island of an extent of 285 acres in the Palk Strait off Rameswaram, a part of Ramanathapuram district, before it was ceded,

Jayalalithaa said and complained that the Centre did not consult the State before ceding it to Sri Lanka. (Rediff online)

 
 

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-4+20 # ampare son 2012-09-19 04:02
Why she didnt focus to tamilnadu problems. chennai dont have 24 hour water supply,allways power cut, corrupted government officers.many many problems.
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-6+18 # Nodrog 2012-09-19 05:59
The mad woman at it again. Scorned because of the travel advisory has she resorted to this?
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-6+15 # Gonibilla 2012-09-19 06:51
There she bows again! What a windbag!!
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-6+6 # ravi 2012-09-19 08:48
Sri Lanka has more problem than TN is our ministers are worried about it.
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-2+7 # Subbiah 2012-09-19 10:32
For 38 years smuggling was flourishing and some 'important people' were benefiting. Now you say that the Centre did not consult the state government.
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-2+6 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-09-19 12:57
The lady seems to be more and more engrossed with Sri Lankan affairs rather than the dire needs of her State. Still acting, eh?
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-2+2 # RamUK 2012-09-19 13:44
may be she is under instruction from Central Govt to hassle SL .as much as possible who knows...
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-12+5 # mano 2012-09-19 14:00
brave lady
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-1+0 # Silva de Mervin 2012-09-20 02:20
Funny Lady. Your SC nothing do with our country and it can no rule in international affairs too.

Try your luck at The Hague, the international court.
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