Tribunal reserves order on extension of ban on LTTE

TN govt 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.

Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 21:06 PM IST

New Delhi: 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.

PTI