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Repatriation Of Dead Bodies: Draft Guidelines Submitted Before Madras High Court In Pudukkottai Fisherman's Case

The draft guidelines for repatriation of dead bodies have been prepared by Advocate Henri Tiphagne, counsel for the petitioner wife in the case pertaining to the demise of Pudukkottai fisherman in a collision with Sri Lankan Navy Vessel.

The respondents including the Ministry of External Affairs have also been served with copies of the draft guidelines. A single-judge bench of Justice G.R Swaminathan has adjourned the matter to 12th January, 2022.

When the matter was taken up by the court, it expressed dissatisfaction over the erstwhile submissions about the fisherman being fired upon by the Srilankan Navy. The court noted that the re postmortem report has proved the previous submission in the petitioner's affidavit as wrong. It indicates that the death occurred from drowning in the sea post-collision with the Sri Lankan Vessel.

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