Madurai: A PIL petition seeking a direction to the Centre to cancel the proposed sale of two Naval warships to Sri Lanka has been filed in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.
Petitioner K Stalin, a city-based advocate, submitted Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy had recently stated that India was in the process of supplying two warships to Sri Lanka.
He alleged the Sri Lankan Navy killed 500 fishermen from Tamil Nadu while thousands of Tamils in the island republic were killed by its Army during the war against LTTE.
Stating that there was a strong sentiment against Sri Lanka among Tamils in Tamil Nadu, "who hold the island government responsible for the death of Tamils", he said Tamils were angered and agonised by the proposal to sell warships as these could be used against the fishermen from the state.
He said he was filing the petition as there had been no response to his representaiton to the union government and the state Chief Secretary to drop the proposal to supply the warships to Sri Lanka.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing this week.