New Delhi: Favouring continuation of ban on the LTTE, Janata Dal president Subramanian Swamy told a tribunal here that there was no material change in the
"terrorist anti-India attitude" of the outfit.
Swamy made the statement while deposing before the
Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act Tribunal headed by
Justice Vikramjit Sen that is examining the 18-year-old ban on
the Sri Lankan rebel outfit.
"The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam is an anti-Indian
organisation not only for killing former Prime Minister Rajiv
Gandhi but also for their campaigns of threats of violence
against Indian personalities opposed to its terrorism," Swamy
He alleged that pro-LTTE organisations such as MDMK, a
political party, have been publicly issuing death threats to
those opposing terror activities of the banned outfit and
"hence, there is no material change in the terrorist
anti-India attitude of the LTTE, and therefore it is eminently
just to continue the ban imposed on it by the Union
His deposition comes just days after MDMK leader Vaiko
submitted before the special tribunal that being a sympathiser
of LTTE, he should be heard while deciding the validity of
extension of ban on the outfit.
Swamy also told the tribunal that the US government had
recently rejected a claim made in a pro-LTTE website that a
self-styled leader of the remnants of the outfit was operating
from American soil.
"Vaiko has publicly claimed that the US supports this
formation. But in a mail to me, the US Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State Robert Blake has denied this on behalf of
the US government," Swamy told the tribunal.
India named the late V Prabhakaran-led group as a terror
outfit and banned it in 1992 after the rebel outfit
assassinated Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
After remaining elusive for decades, 54-year-old Prabhakaran was killed by Sri Lankan forces in May 2009.