Virudhunagar-based advocate S M Anandamurugan filed the petition seeking an interim injunction restraining the Indian defence delegation from participating at the conference. India's abstention from the conference would safeguard the interest of fishermen in Tamil Nadu, the petitioner contented.
The petitioner said he had come to know that a delegation of senior Indian military personnel and BJP leaders, including Subramanian Swamy, would take part at the conference. The conference will be held in Colombo from August 18 to 20.
The petitioner said, "69,000 Sri Lankan Tamils continue to live as refugees in 110 camps in 25 districts in the state. They live in 10 by 10 feet homes. Their livelihood concerns run deep. Desperate for a better life, people in these camps often make futile attempts to escape to other countries. The younger generation of the refugees face a bleak future. While being so, India's participation at the defence conference is amounting to betrayal of Tamils."
When the matter came up for admission before the division bench of Justices M Jaichandren and R Mahadevan, the bench directed the Central Government to file a reply on or before August 12 and adjourned the matter.
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