Madras High Court Asks,Centre to detail steps taken to prevent fishermen from crossing borders

NEW DELHI: A division bench, comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, asked the Centre to explain the steps it has taken to prevent Indian fishermen from crossing the international maritime boundary line and enter the Lankan waters.

The bench was hearing a plea from Fisherman Care, a non-governmental organisation. Madras High Court has directed Central Government to file an affidavit explaining the needful exercise so as to secure the  international maritime boundary.

The bench asked the Assistant Solicitor General Karthikeyan why cannot the Union Government think of supplying GPS system to the fishermen enabling them to know about the area and the borders of the fishing area in the high sea.

The petitioner sought to raise the matter of human rights violations committed by the Lankan Navy against Indian fishermen, with the International Court of Justice for taking action against the Lankan Navy for allegedly violating the 1974 pact between the two countries.

The bench then posted the matter after two weeks for further hearing.

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