Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation seeking to restrain the Indian cricket team from touring Sri Lanka to play a triangular series in Colombo.
A division bench, agreeing with the contention of the Indian Cricket Board's counsel, held that courts cannot interfere in matters relating to external affairs, internal security and defence as per a verdict given by the Supreme Court's constitutional bench in 2006.
The PIL filed by lawyer Joel Poul Antony had sought a direction to restrain the Indian cricket team from visiting Sri Lanka in view of alleged human rights violations against Tamils in the island nation.
Describing the PIL as "publicity interest litigation", the BCCI counsel told the bench, comprising Justice P Murugesan and Justice CS Karnan, that if the present PIL is allowed to sustain, there would be a plethora of such petitions.
India are scheduled to play their first match of a tri-series against New Zealand on September 11.