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UPA, BJP opposes SC views on banned outfit

BJP has supported government decision to seek a review on the Supreme Court judgement that passive membership of a banned outfit is not a crime. BJP leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley while speaking to reporters on 8 February said, “The government has rightly said it will seek a review. If not, the government must consider bringing in a legislation which explicitly says that membership of banned groups is an offence.” The list of 32 banned outfit  as per website of the home ministry are ULFA, Al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Students` Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), CPI(M-L) and allied formations, militant groups active in north-eastern states, Khalistan Commando Force and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 19

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