Court wants details on Sri Lanka deal

Legal challenge mounted to prevent sale of OPVs by India.

Court wants details on Sri Lanka deal

The Madras High Court Bench wants to know if the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had informed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) had entered into a commercial deal with the Sri Lankan government last year only for supply of two Offshore Patrol Vehicles (OPVs) used for surveillance and rescue operations and not warships fitted with weapons and sensors, The Hindu newspaper reported.

Justices M. Jaichandren and R. Mahadevan directed Additional Advocate General K. Chellapandian to ascertain by August 11, the details of communication between the PMO and the Chief Minister on the issue.

The direction was passed after Assistant Solicitor General G.R. Swaminathan argued in favour of the deal and contended that the OPVs were expected to enhance maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

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