Tribunal to adjudicate if ban on PFI is valid | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday set up a tribunal under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), comprising Delhi High Court judge Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, to adjudicate whether or not there is sufficient cause for declaring radical Muslim outfit Popular Front of India and its affiliates, associates and fronts as ‘unlawful association’ under the anti-terror law.
Constituting the tribunal, a mandatory requirement under UAPA, will give PFI and its fronts, associates and affiliates — of which Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala, have specifically been declared as ‘unlawful association’ — an opportunity to contest the ban and present arguments and materials in support of its defence.
The home ministry, on its part, is confident of all the material and dossiers that it has put together on alleged activities of leaders and cadres of PFI and its fronts prejudicial to the security, sovereignty and integrity of the nation. The dossiers, said sources, have ample evidence of terror funding trail to PFI leaders and cadres, their involvement in stoking communal tension and riots and also holding arms training camps where “hit squads” were prepared for carrying out attacks on leaders and members of other communities, particularly Hindus.
The reaction to the ban on PFI has been rather muted, which government sources sought to attribute to proper management of the situation on the ground by the respective state police.
The Centre, in its recent notification banning PFI and its fronts, had stated that they have been involved in the violent terrorist activities with an intent to create a reign of terror in the country….(and) hence an immediate and prompt action is required against the organisation.
Justifying the ban, it emphasised that PFI and its fronts, if not outlawed now, will continue their subversive activities, undermining the constitutional set-up of the country; encourage and enforce terror-based regressive regime; continue propagating anti-national sentiments and radicalise a particular section of society with the intention to create disaffection against the country.





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