Trying to maintain a distance with the controversy, Khurshid on Wednesday, Feb 20 was quoted as saying, "Can't say that what is shown is authentic. We did see pictures shown sometime ago and therefore to comment on hearsay would not be possible."
He further added, "As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, we are constantly in engagement with Sri Lanka. We are important neighbours, we are important partners. We have good friendship. The concerns that people have felt was reflected in our previous engagements."
Khurshid's statement surfaced just hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's demand of treating the matter in International Court as a war crime.
Addressing the press, the CM said, "I call upon the Central government to work with other nations and draft a resolution to be passed in UN. We want the government to ensure that all involved in war crimes in Sri Lanka be tried in International Court."
"It's an inhumane act. He (Prabhakaran's son) was just a child," added Jayalalithaa while commenting on the recent photographs which were published by the Channel 4 in UK. The images were part of a documentary calledNo War Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.
The documentary will be screened at United Nation's Human Rights Council meet in Geneva in Mar 2013. The photographs showed how 12-year-old son of LTTE chief Prabhakaran was killed in a taint operated by Sri Lankan army.
The recently released photographs apparently showed that Balachandran was murdered during the end of Sri Lanka's three-decade civil war in which tens of thousands of civilians were killed.
Khurshid's statement may comfort Sri Lanka which may have to face difficult questions regarding allegations of systematic executions at the end of the war in 2009 if charges against them confirmed.