Popular Front of India: In a blow to the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Supreme Court today dismissed its plea against the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) tribunal order confirming the five-year ban imposed on the organization by the Central government. Was done. However, the apex court allowed PFI to approach the High Court in the matter.
The bench rejected the petition
The bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela M Trivedi said that it would be right for PFI to first approach the High Court against the order and with this the Supreme Court bench rejected PFI’s petition. PFI had challenged the March 21 order of the UAPA tribunal, which had upheld the Centre’s September 27, 2022 decision to ban the organisation. The Center had banned PFI for five years for alleged links with global terrorist organizations like ISIS and attempts to spread communal hatred in the country.
What is PFI?
Popular Front of India was formed in Kerala in 2006 by merging National Development Front (NDF) from Kerala, Forum for Dignity from Karnataka and MNP from Tamil Nadu. There have been many reports which suggest that PFI is involved in terrorist funding, money laundering and radicalization of Muslim youth in the country. It is also alleged that when terrorist organization SIMI was banned in India, its members joined PFI. PFI has been accused of inciting communal riots and creating an atmosphere of hatred since the beginning. According to an affidavit given by the state government to the Kerala High Court in 2014, PFI activists were responsible for 27 political killings and 106 communal incidents in Kerala.
How popular is PFI?
According to media reports, PFI leaders receive a lot of media attention due to their speeches, which some consider provocative. The group claims to have a large supporter base, but has not had much political success so far. Its registered political party, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), has participated in local elections in Kerala and achieved modest success, but did not win any parliamentary seats.
Early last year, the Karnataka government had accused PFI of instigating protests after it banned girl students from wearing hijab in a school in the state. Officials said PFI’s student and women’s wings Campus Front of India and National Mahila Front actively participated in these pro-hijab protests. Hindu groups associated with India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long demanded a complete ban on PFI. After this, the Central Government had banned it for 5 years on 27 September 2022.