Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran may have broken protocol when he officially wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to consider releasing four Sri Lankan Tamils sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1994 Premananda rape and murder case, Sri Lankan officials told The New Indian Express.
A Foreign Ministry official said that as per protocol, the Chief Minister should send his letter to the Foreign Ministry first. The Foreign Ministry will, in turn, send it to the destination through the Foreign Ministry of the country concerned.
However, in the case of the Northern Province Chief Minister this diplomatic route is not insisted upon these days because of the close relations existing between Lanka and India, he added. The protocol is not uniformly applied.
“And, at any rate, the Northern Chief Minister has written to Modi in the past, without any objections from Colombo,” the official pointed out.
In his official letter dated March 14, 2015, Wigneswaran told Modi that he was forwarding documents sent by one K.Sivathy, daughter of R. Kamalananda, convict No: 4220.
“Since the girl’s father and mother hail from our (Northern) province, I take the liberty of forwarding the said documents for your kind consideration. Mr.Ram Jethmalani who is known to me, is fully aware of the false case filed,” Wigneswaran said.
The documents, addressed to Modi, were signed by immediate family members of the convicts R. Kamalananda; S. Balendra; S. Sathishkumar; and S. Nandakumar.
They convicts’ relations claimed that a “travesty of justice” had taken place. And with the Indian Supreme Court confirming the sentence, release had become “impossible”.
Pleading for Modi’s good offices to get them released, they said: “ Our dear ones have been in prison for more than 20 years now. The best years of their lives are gone and our lives have also been affected very much. It might be noted Sir, that they are not convicted for any positive act of crime but for abetment only.”
First of all it is improper for Vigneswarn to contact the Prime Minister of India direct especially the convicted are murdersIt is clear that Vigneswarn sought to interfere with the judgement of the highest court of India, while he being a retired judge of Supreme Court of Sri LankaHe has broken the protocol and be taken to task
Rupe Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:44 AM
Wiggie is just testing out the waters. With two puppets at the helm more things are sure to follow.
Waco Saturday, 25 April 2015 11:49 AM
Mr.President do away with the provincial councils. Please do not tolerate this type of behaviour.
iemerald Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:08 PM
WONDER IF HE IS A PEADO FOR DEFENDING OTHER CONVICTED PEADOS/
Sinhaya Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:24 PM
Of course it is obvious he has broken the protocol. Who did he think he is. He better know that he is not a head of a state but just a CM of a provinse. via DM Android App
A.C.M.Inayathullah Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:46 PM
This is a breach of protocol norms for which both countries have signed. Yet, chief minister,being a high court justice, knows well about this much more,as such this appeal should go through foreign ministry of Sri Lanka to the foreign ministry of India which would take serious note of it. Again the present position is at the hand of India which I think is very serious about following the terms and conditions of the protocol procedures.
Aba Jayasekera Sunday, 26 April 2015 09:01 AM
Of course he did. And he knows it, too. However, he is behaving like an illiterate Jaffna Tamil.
Vedi Sunday, 26 April 2015 11:24 AM
wineswaran have all the right send letters anyone that concerns Tamil people. Can I ask those who comets about protocols that do you/in sri lanka follow all the protocol and procedures in Lanka? Then y taking so long to appoint opposition leader?
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