TESO to Supreme Court against 1974 agreement on Katchatheevu

Kachchatheevu_2The DMK-backed Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) Monday decided to approach the supreme court to cancel the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka and also declare the islet Katchatheevu as part of India.

TESO members passed a resolution at a meeting to approach the Supreme Court to declare the agreement between India and Sri Lanka, transferring Katchatheevu to the latter and declaring the islet in Palk Strait as part of India.

According to TESO, the transfer of any part of Indian territory to another country has to be done by passing a constitutional amendment.

Regarding Katchatheevu, no such amendment was made and hence the transfer of the islet to Sri Lanka is void, TESO said.

The meeting also urged the centre to provide protection to the Indian fishermen against the attacks from the Lankan Navy.

Katchatheevu the narrow sea dividing the two countries is rich in marine life, fishing for which has often lead to clashes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.

Recalling that Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka ignoring the objections of the DMK in the Assembly and Parliament, party leader M. Karunanidhi said Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) would approach the Supreme Court to get back the island.

A resolution adopted in the TESO meeting said if a part of India was ceded to another country, the proposal should be placed before Parliament and a law should be enacted for the purpose.

“But in the case of Katchatheevu no Act was passed and the decision of the Indian government to hand over the island was against the Constitution,” Mr. Karunanidhi said, explaining the resolution.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has already filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking the abrogation of the 1974 maritime boundary agreement under which Katchatheevu fell on the Sri Lankan side.

She has questioned the validity of the agreement in the absence of any clearance from Parliament for ceding of territory to another country.

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