TESO to move Supreme Court against 1974 agreement on Katchatheevu
Posted on April 16th, 2013

By PTI (Courtesy Economic Times)

CHENNAI: Holding that there was no legislation for ceding Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka in 1974, DMK-backed TESO today said it would move the Supreme Court against the agreement.

The TESO meeting, headed by DMK president M Karunanidhi adopted a resolution in this regard, saying the islet was ceded by India to Sri Lanka despite the then DMK Government’s opposition.

TESO pointed out that whenever a part of the country has to be ceded to another nation, it has to be done through a legislation after getting nod of both Houses of Parliament.

“As far as Katchatheevu is concerned, no such legislation was enacted. And it is true that ceding is not constitutionally valid since the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka by way of an agreement. Therefore, it has been decided to move the Supreme Court on behalf of TESO to cancel the 1974 agreement and declare Katchatheevu is part of India,” the resolution said.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as opposition leader in 2008 had moved the apex court against the agreement, with the revenue department impleading in the case after AIADMK came to power.

TESO said the 1974 agreement had allowed traditional fishing rights for fishermen of both countries and both India and Sri Lanka could not prevent fishermen of either nation from fishing in Katchatheevu.

However, contrary to the agreement Sri Lanka was preventing Tamil Nadu fishermen from fishing there besides damaging their fishing nets and arresting them, it said.

It said the agreement was signed despite the then DMK government’s strong opposition which had sought minimum requirements like fishing rights and participation in a church function in the islet by Indian fishermen. But these provisions were removed during the Emergency, it said.

Holding that the Centre is duty bound to protect the fishermen, the resolution said almost 600 Indian fishermen had been killed so far by the Sri Lankan Navy.

The resolution said it is accepted the world over there cannot be a maritime boundary to prevent fishing rights.

It voiced concern over increased instances attacks on Indian fishermen by the Lankan Navy and said government in March had asked the Centre to initiate diplomatic steps to check it and urged for withdrawal of the 1974 agreement ceding Katchatheevu islet to the island nation.

 

 

6 Responses to “TESO to move Supreme Court against 1974 agreement on Katchatheevu”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Good work Karuna, at last you have some brains.

    Two sides to the 1974 agreement.
    1 SL gets the useless Kachal-tivu island
    2 SL gets to keep Kallathonis from TN

    So what happens when the agreement falls?

    1 SL gives away the useless Kacla-tivu island
    2 TN takes back the Kallathonis from SL

  2. SA Kumar Says:

    So what happens when the agreement falls?

    1 SL gives away the useless Kacla-tivu island
    2 TN takes back the Kallathonis from SL
    3) Trained them to send back to liberat Saiva Thamil Eelam !

  3. S de Silva Says:

    What is vital are the exact words in the agreement. If there is no time limit stated and the Agreement is ‘in perpetuity’ – then that is what it is, unless there is also a provision in the Agreement that India can pull out unilaterally at the end of X years so on …Can some legal reader please shine some light on this – S de Si lva – London

  4. sridaran Says:

    Lorenzo, I think the Kallathoni traffic is now from Sri Lanka to India and not vice versa . If at all any Indian wants to emigrate, then the preferred destinations will be US, Europe or Australia . We don’t have any “Angoda ” cases here who would ever think of illegally migrating to your ‘paradise on earth ‘ . We expect some sense in your utterences macho !!!

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    TESO says : “Holding that the Centre is duty bound to protect the fishermen, the resolution said almost 600 Indian fishermen had been killed so far by the Sri Lankan Navy”.

    They must be referring to those Tamil fishermen who died in the Tsunami of Dec 2004, as the Tsunami struck without warning and many fishermen must have died there in the Tamil Nadu coastlines then.

    May Truth/God save Lanka from Tamil Nadu & TESO lies, cheat & deceit.

    Tamil Nadu political leaders are foisting the low caste/Tamil Dalit wars into Lanka, all the time. We know the Game now !

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Also, as far as Lanka is concerned, GoSL must clarify that Emergency Regulations are still in place for K’tivu (vulnerable place) and that is why foreigner fishing in the surrounding sea is prohibited.

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