September 23, 2010 12:36:00 am
The special tribunal headed by a High Court judge to examine the legality of the extension of a ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),on Wednesday declined a plea by Vaiko,General Secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK),to be heard for advancing arguments before passing any order.
Vaiko,a known LTTE sympathiser from Tamil Nadu,pleaded before Justice Vikarmjit Sen to allow him to argue before the tribunal,saying that a supporter of the banned organisation has a right to be heard,but the tribunal said his request is not in accordance with the law.
The tribunal has now fixed Friday for further proceedings,when the Centre is expected to file an affidavit on the matter.
On May 14 this year,Centre had decided to extend the ban on the outfit for two more years,following reports that the remnants of the Sri Lankan rebel group were regrouping in Tamil Nadu.
Through a notification,the Home Ministry had stated that even though LTTE was defeated in Sri Lanka ,reports reveal that remnant LTTE cadres and leaders were regrouping in Tamil Nadu.
LTTE sympathisers are posing a threat to India as they continue to spread anti-India sentiments through the Internet, the Ministry had noted.
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