By MM Special Correspondent,
Ranchi : Giving a big blow to anti Muslim and anti minorities stance of BJP govt in Jharkhand, the Jharkhand High Court has quashed the ban on Popular Front of India. The court observed the state govt didn’t follow the procedures to ban an organization. Hence the ban and the case filed related to the ban is also quashed.
Popular Front of India chairman E. Abubacker has welcomed the Jharkhand High Court order which revoked the Jharkhand government decision of banning the activities of the organization in the state.
He stated that the observations made by the High Court expose communal and fascist agenda of BJP government in Jharkhand which imposed ban on the organization.
The court brought to light the undemocratic motives of state government by noting that it didn’t follow the procedures to ban an organization u/s 16 of the CLA Act. The court also observed that the ban notice of the government violated the principles of natural justice and Article 19 of Constitution of India. The court also pointed out that the government failed to produce any evidence material to justify its decision.
The Jharkhand High Court judgment is a major setback to the authoritarian measures the state government has adopted against people’s movements and voices of dissent. The order by the bench led by Rongon Mukhopadhyay upholds the spirit of the constitution and will undoubtedly serve as warning against the attempts to undermine democratic values and freedom of association in the country.