Ban on PFI Continues; Karnataka HC Dismisses Plea Questioning Ban

KARANATAKA: The Karnataka HC on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed questioning the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. A single-judge bench of Justice M Nagaprasanna pronounced the order on the petition filed by a PFI activist Nasir Pasha through his wife as he is currently in custody.

Senior advocate Jayakumar S Patil representing the petitioner argued that the notification issued by the MHA declaring the PFI and its associates ‘unlawful’ for a period of 5 years with immediate effect exercising their powers under Sec 3(1) of UAPA. The petition mentioned that in 2007-09, the organization was registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act and working for the empowerment of the downtrodden the society. It contended that the Centres decision was based on the various incidents of crimes and thus curbed the fundamental right the Constitution granted under Article 9.

Further, it said that “The Union of India has passed the impugned notification (dated 28-09-2022) by exercising its power under section 3 (1) of the UAP Act, this notification is subject to confirmation of UAPA Tribunal, thus the same is not questioned before this court.”

Earlier on Monday a court in the national capital, granted bail to 8 accused arrested in a case related to the ban on PFI after the police failed to draw relation in the unlawful activites during an interogation.

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