A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the State and Central governments to accord citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.

The petitioner, B. Arulmozhimaran, an advocate, said there were nearly one lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu. Among them, 70,000 were living in 113 camps and two special camps. Nearly 35,000 persons were living outside the camps.

The islanders had settled in the State for the past three decades. But they were living in the country without any valid identity.

This violated Art. 21 of the Constitution and was also inhuman.

When the matter came up before the First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, Additional Solicitor-General P. Wilson took notice. The court posted the matter for November 11.

Petitioner says there are nearly one lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in State