Vaiko appears before tribunal to support LTTE, plea rejected
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 21:11
New Delhi: The special tribunal, headed by a High Court Justice to examine the legality of extension of ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE), today declined a plea made by Vaiko, General Secretary MDMK, to hear him before passing any order.

Vaiko, a known LTTE sympathiser from Tamilnadu, pleaded before Justice Vikarmjit Sen to allow him to argue before the tribunal saying that a supporter of the banned organisation has a right to be heard but the plea was turned down.

The tribunal fixed Friday for further proceeding in the matter.

On May 14, Centre had decided to extend the ban on the outfit for two more years following reports that the remnants of Sri Lankan rebel group 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.

The LTTE has been listed as a terror organisation by various countries including the U S.

India named the V Prabhakaran-led group as a terror outfit and banned it in 1992 after the rebel outfit assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.


First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 21:11

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