SRINAGAR Two witnesses deposed on Wednesday before the Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal (UAPT), constituted by the Centre to decide whether there is sufficient evidence for declaring Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) as an unlawful association.
The Tribunal scheduled held first of the three sittings at the High Court Complex in Srinagar today and will continue on 20 and 21.
The tribunal is being presided over by Justice Chander Shekhar of the Delhi High Court.
Accordingly, all those interested in giving evidence have been asked to file their affidavit (in duplicate) with the registrar of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Delhi High Court building in New Delhi and shall remain present in person on the remaining two dates for cross-examination, if any, before the tribunal, the officials had said.
The Centre had constituted a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring JeI as an unlawful association.
On March 23, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notification stating that the tribunal has been set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The government in February had banned the JeI, saying the Jamaat was “in close touch with militant outfits” and was supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.