Delhi HC dismisses DeM’s plea against ‘banned tag’

New Delhi, January 20 (KMS): The Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea by the Kashmiri women organization, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), challenging the Modi government’s decision to declare it a ‘terrorist organisation’ under the black law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Justice Anish Dayal said an alternative remedy prescribed under the statutes is available to the organisation by which the outfit led by the jailed Kashmiri woman leader Aasiya Andrabi could file an application and approach the Indian government led by Modi to remove its name from the schedule declaring it a so-called banned organisation.

Aasiya Andrabi along with party members Naheeda Nasreen and Fahmeeda Sofi was arrested in 2018 by India’s dreaded National Investigation Agency (NIA) in fake cases and booked under sedition for what Indian government claims waging war against India. Aasiya Andrabi and her party are demanding right to self-determinations and peaceful political solution of the Kashmir dispute as per the UN resolutions.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of the nation) was declared a banned organisation in 2004 and the petition was filed in the high court challenging the decision in 2022. The DeM said it got to know about the party having been declared a ‘banned organisation’ only in 2018 when charge sheets were filed in the court against its leaders.

The high court said the UAPA provides for filing of an application before the government seeking removal of an organisation’s name from the schedule.

The counsel for DeM told the court that no such application had been filed.

The party, in its plea, sought a direction to the New Delhi to provide a copy of the December 30, 2004 notification “banning” it or a “notification by which it has been declared to be a terrorist organisation”.

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