HC reserve orders on petitions challenging ban on LTTE



Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday reserved orders on petitions filed by MDMK leader Vaiko and advocate P Pugalenthi challenging Centre's May 14, 2010 notification extending its ban on LTTE in the country.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M Venugopal reserved their orders after hearing arguments from the counsel for the Centre, Tamil Nadu and the petitioners.

The Centre had banned LTTE in 1992 and thereafter extended it every two years.

During arguments, Additional Solicitor General for South India M Ravindran, calling for dismissal of the petition, submitted that Vaiko had no locus standi to challenge the ban and he is not a member of the banned outfit.

No member of the LTTE had challenged the ban, he said. Tamil Nadu Advocate General A Navaneetha Krishnan said the government had only adopted the Centre's stand.

Vaiko alleged that as a result of the ban on LTTE, innocent people have been "harassed and imprisoned."

PTI