Supreme Court rejects PIL against Lankan force training
The Supreme Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought to stop the ongoing training of Sri Lankan defence officials in India, calling it a foreign policy matter of the government.
"It is a matter of foreign policy," said the apex court refusing to restrain the government from imparting the training even as southern parties of Tamil Nadu cutting across political divide objected to it.
The court said it will not interfere with the policy matters of the government.
AIADMK led by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi led DMK, which is part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), at the centre have strongly opposed the training of Lankan armed forces in India.
The parties in Tamil Nadu are opposed to the Lankan government and armed forces over the atrocities on the Lankan Tamils when the country's civil war ended in May 2009 with a victory over the terrorist group LTTE.
Though India voted against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in a US-sponsored resolution in March this year, it made several efforts at the same time to maintain friendly relations with Colombo and the training of its armed forces is one such friendly exercise.
The controversy over war crimes in Sri Lanka deepened this year with a shocking video broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 which allegedly showed the 12-year-old son of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran lying dead with five bullet holes on his chest.
The footage is believed to have been shot towards the end of the Eelam war when Sri Lankan troops had executed the family of Prabhakaran.
It was touted as a 'trophy video' shot by the Sri Lankan army.
Prabhakaran's son Balachandran Prabhakaran is believed to be killed at that time.
Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed in 2009.
Led by V Prabhakaran, the LTTE was involved in numerous political assassinations, including the murder of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993, and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
The Sri Lankan Civil War was one of the longest running armed conflicts in Asia that continued till May 2009 when the Sri Lankan Military defeated the outfit.