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Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 6.00 GMT
Indian SC refuses to ban training of SL security personnel


Despite opposition from parties in Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court in New Delhi has refused to order a ban on training personnel of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

A bench headed by justice Aftab Alam refused to entertain a petition seeking its direction to Centre not to provide training facilities to Sri Lankan armed forces in the country.

The bench dismissed the petition terming it as “misconceived.”

Petition was filed by one N. Raja Raman who had approached the apex court after there were some protests from a section of the public, including politicians, against training of Sri Lankan army in India.

The decision comes in the wake of persistent demands by the ruling AIADMK and Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu to halt the to the training programme for the Sri Lankan defence personnel in the state as well as elsewhere in the country.

In fact, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had earlier asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to halt an ongoing training programme for two Sri Lankan defence personnel at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington near Ooty. In a strongly-worded letter, she had demanded for the immediate sending back of the two defence personnel, alleging that the training has been “mischievously concealed from my government, showing scant regard for the views of my government as well as for the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu.”

In August, the Chief Minister had opposed a similar training programme for nine Sri Lankan Air Force personnel at the Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai. In view of her strong reservations and protests from other parties in the state including ally DMK, the Centre had been forced to move them to the Yelahanka Airforce Station in Bengaluru in order to enable them to complete their training.

Ms Jayalalithaa had dubbed the move as “not proper”, adding that “instead of sending these personnel back to Sri Lanka, the Government of India exhibited excessive enthusiasm and concern for these personnel”.




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