HC dismisses PIL on CHOGM; says it cannot interfere in policy matter

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 19:11

Madurai: Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking to restrain the Centre from sending a delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled in Sri Lanka from November 15, observing that it could not interfere in a policy decision.

A bench comprising Justices A.Selvam and V.S.Ravi said the participation in the CHOGM related to foreign Policy of the Indian Government.

If the government had taken a policy decision to participate in an international conference, this court could not interfere, they held and dismissed the petition filed by city advocate Royce Emmanuel S.

Pointing out to a resolution passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly on October 24 opposing India`s participation in the summit and some other resolutions related to plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, he said the Centre had so far failed to consider these.

He had submitted a representation on October 25 to the Centre to restrain any Indian delegation from participating in the two-day summit but it had not been considered.

He had prayed the court to issue a direction to the Union Cabinet Secretary to restrain Indian delegation from participating in the meet.

This is the second petition related to India`s participation in the CHOGM to be dismissed by the High Court.

The principal bench of the High Court (in Chennai) had on October 29 dismissed a petition seeking a direction to the External Affairs Ministry to take a decision on the plea that India boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, saying the matter pertained to foreign policy of the government.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 19:11

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