The residents in the affluent Sarvodaya Enclave in New Delhi have on 8 August filed a petition at the New Delhi High Court, asking for the removal of former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s North-Eastern Provincial Council, Annamalai Varatharajaperumal and his 25 men-strong security contingent from the enclave, as they have become a nuisance, interrupting the day-to-day lives of the residents.
The residents in their Petition have said the presence of Varatharajaperumal at the D-block in the enclave has created inconveniences for the residents, as his 25 security personnel have put up their camps at the park of the enclave, which is used by the residents for recreational purposes.
Vikas Padora, the Attorney-at-Law appearing on behalf of the Petitioners, stated that Perumal’s security personnel have set up barracks in the Sarvodaya Enclave, because of Perumal’s presence in the area, thereby causing inconvenience to the residents.
“Their attitude towards the residents in the enclave is harsh. Therefore, remove the encroachment of the Varatharajaperumal’s security men into the park at the enclave,” they have requested. The Petitioners have also urged the New Delhi High Court to relocate Varatharajaperumal and his security personnel to another location.
Following the Petition by the residents, Judges of the New Delhi High Court, A.K. Sikri and Rajiv Sahai requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to respond to the Petition and to give proper consideration to their request.
Varatharajaperumal was a former lecturer in economics at the University of Jaffna. He joined the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) in the early 1980s and became the first Chief Minister of the North-Eastern Province, when his leader N. Pathmanabha accepted the Provincial Council System, which was introduced with the signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987.Varatharajaperumal remained the Chief Minister of the North-Eastern Province from 1988 to 1990.
He served as Chief Ministeruntil the Provincial COuncil until the Provincial Council collapsed with the withdrawal of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF).Since then, following threats from the LTTE, Varatharajaperumal and his family have been living under the tight security of the Indian elite commandos ‘Black Cats.
’Varatharajaperumal has been living in New Delhi for the past 20 years, guarded by the Indian commandos. Following the collapse of the LTTE, Varatharajaperumal has been a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka in the past three years. There are speculations in the Tamil political circles that he may even contest in the Northern Provincial Council polls in 2013.