PIL seeks declaration of Lankan HC Prasad Kariyawasam ‘an unwelcome person’

PIL seeks declaration of Lankan HC Prasad Kariyawasam ‘an unwelcome person’

PIL seeks declaration of Lankan HC Prasad Kariyawasam ‘an unwelcome person’

Written by Staff Writer

20 Nov, 2013 | 3:20 pm

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Madras High Court bench in India to declare the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India as a persona non grata (an unwelcome person) as per Article 9 of the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations, 1961.
The petitioner, L. Lena Kumar, a social activist and the proprietor of Yathumahi Publications based in Tirunelveli district, alleged in his petition that Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam had issued “provocative statements” which affected the integrity, sovereignty and secular nature of India.
Kumar stated in his petition that Kariyawasam had issued a statement on March 19, 2013 claiming that the Sinhalese were descendants of Odiyas and Bengalis and, therefore, they deserve Indian support.
The Sri Lankan High Commissioner was bound by the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961, but Kariyawasam had transgressed his limits as a foreign diplomat, Kumar argued.
The petitioner claimed that he had submitted a representation to the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister on April 25 this year to declare Mr.Kariyawasam a persona non grata, but he got no reply.
SOURCE: The Hindu

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