Madras Court to hear case on LTTE ban

The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice on a writ petition by MDMK general secretary Vaiko, challenging an order of the Tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act confirming the Centre’s notification declaring the LTTE as an unlawful association.
He also challenged the publication of the tribunal’s decision in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette dated January 4, 2013.
The First Bench of Acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan posted the matter for further hearing after four weeks.
In the petition, Mr. Vaiko stated that the tribunal’s order was contrary to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, opposed to principles of natural justice and vitiated by error of law on the face of the record and liable to be quashed.
No order could be passed without hearing a person if it entailed civil consequences.
Mr. Vaiko said that the LTTE’s objective was not for establishing an independent sovereign State for all Tamils living in the entire world, but only for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The organisation’s objective was, of course, secession of a part of Sri Lanka which was not part of the Indian territory. Therefore, there was no threat to the sovereignty or territorial integrity of India from the LTTE. (The Hindu)