Written by Bella Dalima
27 Aug, 2014 | 6:24 pm
The Indian Central Government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that India will have to go to war against Sri Lanka if it sought to retrieve the Katchatheevu islet, since it was ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974.
Indian media reported that the statement comes as petitions by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha and DMK President M. Karunanidhi for India to retrieve the islet, remain pending.
Expressing difficulties in accepting the demand for getting the Katchatheevu Island back from Sri Lanka, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench led by Chief Justice of India R. M. Lodha that a war was the only option India would have to exercise if it wanted the Island now.
He said “Katchatheevu was gone to Sri Lanka by an agreement in 1974. It was ceded and now acts as a boundary. How can it be taken back today? If you want Katchatheevu back, you will have to go to war to get it back”.
The spontaneous response from Rohatgi came as counsel for the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai of AIADMK and DMK MP A.K.S. Vijayan tried to highlight the sufferings of fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who inadvertently strayed into the Island.
However, the AG indicated that the retrieval of Katchatheevu was not possible now.
The Narendra Modi led NDA government’s response is in line with the stand of it’s predecessor UPA-II government.
The bench disposed of the petition after recording the AG’s statement that whenever a fresh representation shall be moved by Vijayan and others relating to the difficulties being faced by the fishermen, the government would consider it appropriately.
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