The Madras High Court Bench here on Monday sought the Union government’s response to a public interest litigation petition by a Madurai-based advocate to cancel the proposal to supply two naval warships to Sri Lanka.
The petitioner, B. Stalin, claimed that the sale of the warship “would be insensitive to the strong sentiments in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lanka.”
After getting instructions from the State, the Additional Advocate General submitted in the court that the State government was opposed to the proposed sale of warships to the island nation.
The Chief Minister had sent a letter to the Prime Minister on September 11, 2013 expressing the State’s views against the sale of warships, he said, and produced a copy of the letter before a Division Bench comprising Justices M. Jaichandren and M. Venugopal.
The judges adjourned the case to October 29 with a direction to the Union government to submit its response.
In his petition, Mr. Stalin had claimed that the Sri Lankan government indulged in war crimes, its navy killed hundreds of Tamil fishermen and has discriminated the Tamils.
The petition was filed based on the announcement made by the Minister of State in the PMO V. Narayanasamy that India was in the process of supplying two warships to Sri Lanka.
Mr. Stalin had also claimed that he had sent his representations to the Union government and the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu to cancel the proposal to supply warships to Sri Lanka, but there was no response.