Tribunal serves show-cause notice on Jamaat-e-Islami

Asks it why it can’t be declared an unlawful association

Srinagar, April 19

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has issued a show-cause notice to the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be declared as an unlawful association.

“A notice is hereby given under Sub-Section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show-cause within 30 days from the date of service of this notice as to why your association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act,” said the notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren Bamniyal, to the JeI.

The notice was issued on April 5. The Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar.

“In case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly authorised person before the tribunal on May 20, 2019, at 3 pm in court room number 26 for further proceedings,” the notice said.

The Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI an unlawful association.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in J&K and elsewhere.

It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union” and supports terrorist and separatist groups fighting for the purpose.

The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. — PTI

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