Mukul Rohatgi Says Island No Exchange Of Territory, Was Given to Sri Lanka

Mukul Rohatgi Says Island No Alternate Of Territory, Was Given to Sri Lanka

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New Delhi:

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, amid the massive row about Lankan island Katchatheevu, has mentioned what makes the case of various is that there was no give and take, which is the conventional apply when territory is concerned. India had given away the island to Sri Lanka, with out getting something in return, he underscored in an unique interview with NDTV immediately.

The tiny island close to Rameswaram has turn out to be a political speaking level over the weekend, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging the difficulty at a rally in Meerut and in addition on social media, hitting out on the Congress.

Katchatheevu — a disputed space because the British interval — was given to Sri Lanka by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1974 underneath an settlement with the island nation.

It had upset Tamil sentiments and resurfaced on the eve of the overall elections. Amid BJP efforts to realize political traction in Tamil Nadu, state BJP chief Okay Annamalai had filed an RTI question.

In 2014, Mr Rohatgi, who was then the Lawyer Normal, had advised the Supreme Courtroom that to retrieve Katchatheevu, “now we have to go to warfare”. Requested about that assertion immediately, he gave a background.

“Usually now we have territorial exchanges. We had exchanges with Pakistan prior to now… in 1958-1960 we had some exchanges with Pakistan. As a result of that was an aftermath of Independence and it was comprehensible,” Mr Rohatgi advised NDTV.

“I bear in mind some years in the past, the present authorities additionally had some exchanges with Bangladesh. It was some enclaves. Some give and take of territory can occur however on this case it was solely give… The island was handed over to Sri Lanka. Why the island was handed over, what did we get in return, these are questions the Congress ought to reply,” he added.

His remarks additionally deal with Opposition questions on why the federal government has not taken motion on the difficulty since coming to energy in 2014.  

Yesterday, Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK commented that if PM Modi was eager on Katchatheevu, he may have reclaimed that island throughout his 10 years in workplace. “Why didn’t he take up the Katchatheevu concern?” senior celebration chief RS Bharathi has mentioned.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge had identified that the BJP-led authorities had made the same “pleasant gesture” to Bangladesh relating to the trade of border enclaves.

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