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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

Madras HC upholds Centre’s ban on LTTE

Chennai, 02 July, (Asiantribune.com):

The Madras High Court yesterday upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2010.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M Venugopal dismissing the petitions by the MDMK leaderVaiko and the Tamilar Desiya Iyakkam leader Pazha Nedumaran, said:

"Though the object for which the LTTE had been floated was highly laudable, with the passage of time, it has takenugly path, leading to many heinous rimes in our land also. Voluminous materials containing highly sensitive information have been produced before us by the Centre to show the involvement of the organization in various crimes in India, including the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, wherein the top brass leaders of the LTTE were the accused...All these materials were available with the government while issuing the notification and were duly submitted before the tribunal during inquiry."

The Tribunal had confirmed the notification issued by the Home Ministry banning the LTTE on May 14, 2010.
Invoking the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Centre had declared the LTTE as a banned organization on May 14, 2010.

As required under the Act, the matter came up before a statutory committee for adjudicating whether or not there is sufficient cause for declaring the LTTE as a banned outfit.

The present bench, pointing out that the tribunal's order refusing to implead Vaiko and others in the case had not been appealed against and hence had attained finality, said: The petitions challenging the final orders passed by the tribunal after allowing its decision in rejecting their claim for impleadment to attain finality, are undoubtedly not maintainable."

The judges further pointed out that the two-year ban period had already lapsed and nothing survived in the matters pending before the court. "Therefore, even on this score, both these petitions are liable to be dismissed," the judges said.

Dismissing the petitions, the bench observed that the petitioners did not have any locus standi to challenge the notification as they were neither office bearers nor members of the LTTE.

So it cannot in any manner be said that they are aggrieved persons, the bench said.

- Asian Tribune -

Dismissing the petitions, the bench observed that the petitioners did not have any locus standi to challenge the notification as they were neither office bearers nor members of the LTTE.
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