The Union government informed the Bombay High Court Wednesday that it had not found any satisfactory material to declare Sanatan Sanstha a terror outfit under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and ban it. A division bench of Justice N H Patil and Justice P D Naik was hearing a petition seeking a ban on the organisation. The members of the organisation are alleged to have carried out terror activities in Panvel and Thane.
The court enquired as to under which law or provision the Union government could ban an organisation or trust governed by a state government Act. “Show us the communication between the Union and state government. All this cannot be orally stated. Submit the letters sent and received by the Union and state government within four weeks,” the bench directed.
The Maharashtra government had forwarded a proposal to the Union government in 2012 recommending a ban on the group based on a report submitted by the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). The Union government, however, has not taken any decision on the proposal till now.