GoI sets up tribunal to review ban on Jamaat, JKLF
New Delhi, Apr 1:
The Government of India (GoI) has set up a tribunal, headed by Justice Chander
Shekhar of the Delhi High Court, to adjudicate if there exists sufficient cause
to ban the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeI) and the Jammu and Kashmir
Liberation Front-Yasin Malik (JKLF-Y) faction.
The decision has
been taken by the Home Ministry exercising the powers conferred under the
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, an official notification said.
The JeI and the
JKLF-Y were declared as unlawful associations on February 28 and March 22
therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by the sub-section (1) of
section 5 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the
Central Government hereby constitutes an Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Tribunal consisting of Justice Chander Shekhar, High Court of Delhi, for the
purpose of adjudicating whether or not there is sufficient cause of declaring the
Jamaat-e-Islami-Jammu and Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-Yasin
Malik faction, as unlawful association,” the notification said.
the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir an outlawed organisation for five years,
the central government had said that it was “in close touch” with
militant outfits and was expected to “escalate secessionist movement”
in the state.
The Centre also
said it was of the opinion that the Jamaat was “in close touch with
militant outfits” and was “supporting extremism and militancy” in Jammu
and Kashmir and elsewhere.
It said the
outfit claimed “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the
union” and was “supporting militant and separatist groups fighting for
While banning the
Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, the Centre had said that the
outfit was responsible for a “series of violent acts and was in the forefront
of separatist activities in the militancy-hit state since 1988”.
Listing out its
subversive and violent activities, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba had said
that the JKLF spearheaded the separatist ideology in the Kashmir Valley and the
action was taken following the “zero tolerance” policy of the central
government against militancy.