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Popular Front of India not terrorist organisation: SC

Popular Front of India has defended its activists facing charges of attempt to murder under the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities prevention Act for chopping off the hand of a blasphemous professor. in its affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, PFI said that it was not terrorist organisations. Counsel of the Kerala government earlier had described the attack on TJ Joseph as an act of extremism. A bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra in its judgement said, “In this case no evidence has been found to prove that the PFI (Popular Front of India) is a terrorist organisation and hence the respondent cannot be penalised merely for belonging to PFI. Moreover, even assuming that the PFI is an illegal organisation, we have yet to consider whether all the members of the organisation can be automatically held to be guilty.”
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 21

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