Observing that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) still remains a threat to the country's security, Justice Vikramajit Sen of the Delhi High Court, constituting the one-man Tribunal, upheld the May 14th, 2010 notification of the Centre extending the ban on the outfit for two years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The Tribunal said there was sufficient evidence that pro-LTTE elements and remnant LTTE cadres, with the help of local smugglers, were actively participating in unlawful activities in the country. “The LTTE remains a threat to India's security, integrity and sovereignty. The Central government has succeeded in establishing that supporters of the LTTE in India have been spreading anti-India feeling among Tamils through public speeches and Internet portals.”
Justice Sen said: “Indian soil is being used for unlawful activities propelled by the remnant cadres of the LTTE. There is sufficient material to declare the LTTE as unlawful association as contemplated under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act. Therefore, the declaration made by the Central government notification dated May 14 is confirmed.”
Justice Sen, agreeing with the Centre's stand, said, “Illegal immigration of LTTE cadres through coastal areas, smuggling of narcotics to raise funds and supply of fuel and explosives from the Indian soil are all evidence of the active presence of LTTE in India.”
The Centre had justified the notification by drawing the Tribunal's attention to the support being extended to the LTTE by various groups, conducting public meetings, processions and demonstrations which were against the sovereignty, security and integrity of the nation. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko argued that the ground on which the government had sought to extend the ban was baseless and unjustified. He said innocent people fleeing from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu were branded LTTE cadres and forced to return or stay in special camps. He prayed for quashing the notification.
On behalf of Tamil Nadu, it was submitted that after the notification the activities of LTTE supporters had increased. The number of cases registered by Tamil Nadu would show the political support being extended to the LTTE and hence the ban, in force from 1992 and being extended every two years, should continue. (The Hindu)
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Saturday, 13 November 2010 06:40 AM
Ban on LTTE and Tamil militant groups forever.
Anushka Saturday, 13 November 2010 06:47 AM
Since India is now hoping for a permanent seat in the UN security council, they will probably be increasing activities against terrorist and militant groups in the region. India can't afford to secretly help them like they did in the past any more. This is good news all south asian countries.
Modawansa Saturday, 13 November 2010 06:53 AM
If velu is already dead,Why is the ban????
malkanthi Saturday, 13 November 2010 07:07 AM
Dont insult them, they are already reformed and in the mainstream helping the government immensely.
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Saturday, 13 November 2010 07:38 AM
kuthbuddin Saturday, 13 November 2010 07:46 AM
Its not only India own interest it is banning the ltte or other terrorist organisation it is for the betterment of the whole region.what India now focuses on showing the its neighborer also to follow the path prosperity development and not to fall for what the west says. Pakistan must follow what India is doing. so the whole of Asia can see fruits of development .lets be a united Asia.
KD Saturday, 13 November 2010 07:51 AM
You chosen your name wisely.
Rajash Saturday, 13 November 2010 09:34 AM
In Sri Lanka they say Sinhalease are the majority with a minority concept. In South East Asia India is a superpower with a mentality of a minnow. Gota himself has said that LTTE have been militarily destroyed and have no military capability. Are you serious that a few run away ex LTTE carders hiding from arrest remains a threat to India's security, integrity and sovereignty.
steve Saturday, 13 November 2010 10:08 AM
what does it mean, Karuna, Pillayan & Co. will have to wait another 2 years for visa???
modaya Saturday, 13 November 2010 01:50 PM
to much drama india well knows vellu is not dead..
Fair n Square Saturday, 13 November 2010 06:10 PM
Not only in India are the remnants of LTTE wandering but in Canada, France, Germany, Usa, Australia, Spain, South Africa Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Fiji and many more. Let all the governments read this ruling and act on their own interests.
xlntgson Sunday, 14 November 2010 09:26 AM
Ban on LTTE or on the remnants?
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