UAPA Tribunal holds to Centre’s decision to ban PFI, its associates

New Delhi: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) (UAPA) Tribunal Tuesday upheld the decision of the central government of banning the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associations, reported LiveLaw.

A bench headed by Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma who is a judge of the Delhi High Court pronounced the order.

PFI ban in India

Earlier on September 28, the Indian government had announced a ban on Popular Front of India — a controversial Muslim outfit over allegations of having links with terror groups.

This triggered a series of arrests across the nation. As per the government’s order, all those groups having membership or affiliations with the PFI will fall into category of “unlawful associations.”

Government’s order came after a number of crackdowns took place across the nation. The headquaters of the PFI was raided at least twice during the process.

In its order to ban the outfit in question, the Union government mentioned that the PFI was being funded from outside while, also recieving ideological support from the same; which appeared to be a major threat on internal security of the nation.

It also stated that PFI had links with the banned Islamist groups – the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi) and the Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) – as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

PFI affiliated organizations were also banned

Apart from PFI, this action was taken against 9 other PFI affiliated organizations. These include Campus Front of India (CFI), Rehab India Foundation (RIF), All India Imam Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Allied organizations like Kerala were banned too.

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