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HC directs to implead Govt officials as respondents

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The Madras High today directed to implead the Defence Secretary, Secretary of External Affairs and Deputy Director General of Indian Coast Guard as respondents on a petition seeking to cancel the proposed sale of two war ships to

Justice V Sudhakar and Justice S Vaidhyanathan of Madurai Bench also posted the case for hearing to January 7 next year.

Earlier the had ordered the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, to respond to three queries on the proposed sale of the war ships to

The wanted to know about the "mechanism and arrangement" of these ships and by when these ships are likely to be sold to

The petitioner K Stalin, a city based advocate, in his petition sought a direction to cancel the proposed deal as it was apprehended that the ships could be deployed against Indian fishermen fishing in the Palk Straits.

The deal was insensitive to the strong sentiments in against Sri Lanka which was facing allegations of human rights violations against Lankan Tamils, he contended.

First Published: Mon, December 16 2013. 20:03 IST