RANCHI: on Monday quashed the state government‘s order declaring of India () an “unlawful organisation”, saying the administration did not follow due procedure before taking the decision.

Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay passed the order in the case in which the petitioner, PFI Jharkhand general secretary Abdul Wadood, challenged the government‘s decision. The home department had on February 21 issued a notification declaring PFI as unlawful under Section 16 of the Criminal Law Amendment (CLA) Act.

The government declaration prevented anyone from giving donation or becoming member of the organisation. Activities of the outfit were also banned. Police then carried out raids and seized several documents, including books and pamphlets, from PFI members in the state. Senior counsel A Allam, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, informed the court that the government had accused PFI of indulging in anti-national activities and having links with the Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI.

He said they challenged the government‘s decision as Sections 16 and 17 of were repealed earlier and were no longer valid. Allam said the government‘s decision was also against Article 19 of the Constitution, which provides freedom of speech, expression and to form an organsiation.

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