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Why Katchatheevu issue can't be reviewed: Vasan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Shipping Minister today lent his voice to the demand for a review of Indo-Sri Lankan agreement over the issue.

"There is a feeling in the fishermen community and most of the people in Tamil Nadu, why a review cannot take place. I am only telling you the feeling of the public," the leader told reporters here.

Earlier this week, manifesto has said that it will take all necessary steps to retrieve island ceded to in an agreement in 1974.

The Supreme Court, had last week, granted four weeks time to president to file his response to the Centre's reply that could not be retrieved from as pleaded by him in his writ petition.

The Centre had said Katchatheevu cannot be retrieved as no territory belonging to was ceded nor sovereignty relinquished to

Karunanidhi in his petition had sought declaration of the agreement between and Sri Lanka dated June 26 and 28, 1974 and the agreement dated March 23, 1976, and the related communications pertaining to such agreements, surrendering Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka, as unconstitutional and void.

Katchatheevu is an uninhabited island located about 10 miles North East of Rameswaram on the Indian side and 9 miles of south of Delft Island on the Sri Lankan side.

First Published: Fri, February 28 2014. 17:33 IST