Madras High Court upholds Centre’s ban on LTTE

Madras HC     The Madras High Court today (1) upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2010.

A Division Bench dismissed the writ petitions filed by MDMK founder-leader Vaiko and Prisoners Rights Forum, who challenged the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal’s order on November 12, 2010. The Madras High Court has upheld the Centre’s ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) between 2010 and 2012, imposed by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal in 2010. The ban has been renewed till 2014.

Vaiko, who fought the case himself in courts, contended that the LTTE’s objective of establishing a sovereign nation for Tamils in the island did not pose any threat to the territorial integrity of India, so a ban here was unlawful. Mr Vaiko has also challenged the extension of ban. “I would continue to fight; the basis of the ban would crumble,” he 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.

Tamil Nadu-based parties are seen as LTTE sympathisers and the Sri Lankan military action against the outfit and alleged human rights violation in the process remain a key political issue for the state.

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