The Bombay high court, on Tuesday, sought to know what steps the state government had taken to ban Abhinav Bharat, a Pune-based public charitable trust, some members of which were allegedly involved in the 2008 Malegaon blast.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a trust in Mumbai with a similar name seeking de-registration of the Pune-based trust.
While the Mumbai-based Abhinav Bharat got registered in January 2002, the Pune-based trust got registered in February 2007. Before registering the Pune trust, the office of the charity commissioner should have checked whether any trust bearing a similar name existed, stated the petition.
The petition alleged that the use of the name by the Pune trust and its trustees, who are being probed by the ATS and the National Investigation Agency, was maligning their reputation. They were also adversely affecting the charitable activities being carried out by the trust.
“If the police department has said that the organisation is a terrorist outfit and should be banned, the state should take steps to stop its activities,” the division bench of justice DD Sinha and justice VK Tahilramani said.