Tribunal reserves order on extension of ban on LTTE
Tamil Nadu Government today told a tribunal that LTTE cadres were still active in the state and lifting the ban would make it difficult to control them, which was countered by MDMK leader Vaiko who claimed there was no evidence to suggest this.delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2010 20:55 IST
Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday told a tribunal that LTTE cadres were still active in the state and lifting the ban would make it difficult to control them, which was countered by MDMK leader Vaiko who claimed there was no evidence to suggest this.
The state government said that despite a ban for past 19 years, the activities of LTTE were still going on.
"If the ban is lifted, it is difficult for the state government to control them," Tamil Nadu government counsel S Thananjayan submitted before a one-judge tribunal of Justice Vikramjit Sen who reserved the verdict on the issue of extending the ban, first imposed on LTTE in 1992.
The counsel supported the Centre's decision for extension of ban against the terrorist outfit.
However, MDMK leader Vaiko claimed that there was no evidence against the LTTE leaders for any subversive activities in the state and that outfit had never claimed to include any part of Tamil Nadu into "Tamil Eelam".
He said the members of the LTTE "fight for the cause of innocent Tamils in the North Eastern province of Sri Lanka and they demand a separate state.
"The Tamils in Sri Lanka were denied minimum rights so they resorted to a different mode of protest," Vaiko added.
Meanwhile, the tribunal declined a submission made by proxy counsel on behalf of Janata Party leader Subramanium Swamy for consideration in the matter.
The Centre had in May decided to extend the ban on the outfit for two more years following reports that the remnants of Sri Lankan rebel outfit were regrouping in Tamil Nadu.
Through a notification, the Home Ministry had stated that even though LTTE was defeated in Sri Lanka, the reports reveal that "remnant LTTE cadres and leaders were regrouping in Tamil Nadu.
"The possibility of LTTE's remnant cadres using India and especially Tamil Nadu as a rear base for their regrouping activities.....LTTE sympathisers were posing a threat to India as they continue to spread anti-India sentiments through the medium of Internet," the Home Ministry had noted.
India listed the V Prabhakaran-led group as a terror outfit and banned it in 1992 following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The LTTE has been listed as a terror organisation by various countries including the US.