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22 March 2012 04:25 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court in India seeking a direction to the Union government to cancel all international cricket matches slated to be played between India and Sri Lanka in future, until all disputes are settled in the ethnic crisis between Tamils and Sinhalese, and until total peace prevails in the Bay of Bengal.

S Calvin Christopher, an advocate, filed the PIL seeking a direction to the Bnot to sign any contract for international matches where the Indian team is pitted to play against Sri Lanka.

According to the petitioner, it is a well-known fact that Indian fishermen are continuously attacked and killed by the Lankan navy in the Bay of Bengal due to the ethnic crisis. After the cricket world cup final in April 2011, the Sri Lankan navy personnel attacked the Indian fishermen with cricket bats as a retaliatory measure. Due to this, four Tamil-speaking men were killed.

The petitioner also claimed, "In the recently-concluded triangular series in Australia, the Sri Lankan team was defeated by the Indians. As a result of the victory, Indian fishing boats were destroyed and fishermen were attacked. The killing of Tamil fishermen has gone unabated."

The petitioner also alleged that the state government granted Rs 3 crore to the victorious Indian team for winning the world cup. Further, an amount of Rs 1 crore was given to Tamil Nadu cricketer R Ashwin, who did not even play the finals, whereas, the families of Tamil fishermen have received approximately Rs 3 lakh or below for each death, which is deplorable.

The life of a Tamil fishermen seems to be cheap, compared to the gallantries of a non-playing cricketer in the eyes of the Tamil Nadu government, he contended.

The petitioner further submitted that all future cricket matches in which India and Sri Lanka are slated to play must be put on hold until an amicable settlement is arrived between both Tamils and Sinhalese.

When the matter came up for hearing before the bench comprising Justice Chitra Venkatarman and Justice R Karuppiah, the petitioner's counsel, Peter Ramesh Kumar prayed the court to tag along with other PILs seeking various reliefs to prevent the attacks on fishermen. The matter was posted for further hearing on April 2. (The Times of India)

  Comments - 28

  • Raja Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:48 AM

    I agree with Jegath

    Lapas Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:02 PM

    Who cares if India plays against us or not, we have better test playing nations to compete with.

    siribiris Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:39 PM

    Tamil Nadu people, please ask for independence for your own state which is your legitimate right and we will defineatly support it. We dont need india Sri Lanka matches anyway.

    su Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:50 PM

    If South Indians are so concerned about tamil people in Sri Lanka why dont they make a separate state in the Tamil Nadu and invite them to come over. Do you think our tamil brothers and sisters will want to leave Sri Lanka and enter the hell hole of Tamil Nadu? Dont mix up cricket with politics.

    hubert Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:37 PM

    In Dubai these Tamil has been named Malabari.......

    Janaka Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:20 PM

    Why can't they file a case against showing Indian made Tamil movies in Sri Lanka.......

    Lankawe Purawesiya Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:10 AM

    Ban Indian products and cricket with India. They support US proposal in Geneva.

    Gamini Udagepola Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:33 AM

    Best example of Tamilnadu politics and attitude.

    sir Don Batsman Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:23 AM

    Best News in 03 Decades after getting rid of Prabaharan the King of the Terrorists.

    Shaq Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:34 AM

    I think the weerawansa flu has spread overseas!!

    J P Rajan Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:57 AM

    Don't mix sports and politics!!

    Raja Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:52 AM

    I fully agree with Jegath.

    jegath Thursday, 22 March 2012 06:17 AM

    100% true.. 'There is a problem and its a political issue'.. No problems with Tamils and Sihalese!!

    Surain Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:58 AM

    daily mirror dont u have any other important news to publish

    jegath Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:32 AM

    Please,, don't post these kind of silly TN news! comments will flow down here and will damage our country's ethnic reconciliation!

    Lalith Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:54 AM

    You Indians, what a great suggestion. Add country by country to your list, then finally you will end up playing with no body. Way to go Indians...go for it.

    Bobby Pereira Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:57 AM

    Friends, Watch how these great South Indian defenders of Human Rights mercilessly beat a low caste fellow student. (Chennai law college fight on Youtube.) Sri Lanka is a paradise compared to this hell hole called Chennai or Madras. In early sixties, I remember reading on a daily basis in Sri Lankan newspapers the number of illegal refugees coming to Jaffna peninsula, (you will not believe) by swimming. They were known as Kallathonis.

    tin Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:50 AM

    What bullshit. We don't have any 'crisis between Sinhalese & Tamils' here in SL. If there's a problem its a political issue which should be addressed politically.

    Asela Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:47 AM

    Cricket is a useless game,

    rashmi Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:48 AM

    Indians have no limit to their madness !

    Susith Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:44 AM

    Yes. No point playing India this often. One match in three years or 5 years will be more than enough.

    SHS Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:48 AM

    Why these guys are messing up with sports & politics??
    I am sure that the petitioner have never caught a ball in his life time...

    Senake DeSilva Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:45 AM

    Scavengers are everywhere is there a way to stop

    lankikaya Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:44 AM

    How silly, looks like no different between politicians in Sri Lanka and India. I am pretty sure this is not the mindset of intelligent Sir Lankans and Indians

    Hafshaq Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:32 AM

    Yes India go play kabadi.

    Jude perera Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:42 AM

    No more smuggling in Sri Lankan marital borders.I recon Christoper want to be a politician by shedding crocodile tears on Tamils. SL Navy save Tamils not drugs and arms smugglers.

    lalith Thursday, 22 March 2012 05:00 AM

    please do v are sick of india vs sri lanka matches

    nalaka Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:47 AM

    these south Indians have gone mad if you need man ask for a separate state within India

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