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Kerala HC Observes PFI and SDPI as Extremist Organisations Indulging in Violence Acts, But Not Banned

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Khushi Gupta

Published on: May 14, 2022 at 16:38 IST

The Kerala High Court has observed that Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were ‘extremist organisations’ but not banned.

“No doubt, Social Democratic Party of India and Popular Front of India are extremist organizations indulging in serious acts of violence. All the same, those are not banned organizations,” Justice K Haripal observed in a recent order.

“This is a very serious observation. Not a single investigation agency has made such remarks against Social Democratic Party of India so far.”

“On what basis, the Court made such an observation? The Court’s observations should be reasonable. Here, it did not happen,” Social Democratic Party of India, State President Muvattupuzha Ashraf Moulavi said.

Popular Front of India Leader C A Rauf said, “The primary lesson in the Administration of Justice is to hear the side of the affected parties before making any comments against them. No such thing has happened in this Case. It amounts to denial of Natural Justice”.

“Merely for the reason that some of the culprits remain at large, Central Bureau of Investigation cannot be asked to conduct investigation. Here, the investigating agency does not appear to have special interest in the case or interested in shielding the culprits. In other words, partisan attitude could not be inferred,” the Court observed.

“It is not in public interest. That may also pave the way for raising demand by the Accused persons for release on Bail,” the Court said in the Order.