The Madras High Court has upheld the Centre's ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) between 2010 and 2012. The ban has been renewed for years till 2014, Indian media reported.
The Madras High Court Division Bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M Venugopal dismissed writ petitions filed by MDMK founder-leader Vaiko and Prisoners' Rights Forum challenging the center's ban on LTTE.
The pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu political leader, the general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), V. Goplasamy aka Vaiko challenged the order by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal's which upheld the Central government's order extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam issued on May 14, 2012.
Dismissing the petitions, the bench observed that the petitioners did not have any locus standi to challenge the notification as they were neither office bearers nor members of the LTTE, a PTI report said.
So it cannot in any manner be said that they are aggrieved persons, the bench has said.
India initially banned the Tamil Tigers in 1992 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act following the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The Central government since then has been extending the ban every two years.
The central government extended the ban on LTTE in July 2012 saying that it is necessary to declare the group as an 'unlawful association' since it continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and pose a grave threat to the security of its citizens.
The LTTE is banned in 33 countries including USA, Canada, European Union, and UK.