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‘Jail for 2 years, hefty fine’ – Know what will happen to its members after the ban on PFI

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PFI has been banned under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The members of PFI will now have to announce their separation from this organization.
If they continue to engage with it, they can be jailed for two years and fined.

New Delhi. After a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the Home Ministry has asked the police chiefs of all states and union territories to take action against other offices of these outfits and seize money. has said.

According to senior government officials, members of the PFI will have to declare their separation from the organization, but if they continue with it, they can be jailed for two years and fined.

Law enforcement agencies have been asked to publicize this notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs so that everyone knows it. In such a situation, the local police will now paste this notification on the offices of PFI located in their area. Along with this, it will send copies to the key office bearers of the organization, and will also get it announced through loudspeakers in those areas where the activities of PFI were generally seen.

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PFI has been banned under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). According to this section, the Central Government is of the opinion that any association with this organization is or has been made illegal and shall be declared by a notification in the Official Gazette.

15 days to the officers of the organization
As per the UAPA law, once the organization is declared unlawful, its officers will be given 15 days. The members of PFI and its affiliates will have to inform the police about the relevant documents and hand them over to them.

Senior officials said that after the ban on PFI, its members will be given enough time to leave the organization, but if any objectionable documents are found from them even after this, then a case will be registered against them.

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As per the UAPA, the members handling the funds of the PFI shall be prohibited from making payment, delivery, transfer or any other use of such money, securities or loans.

All the places related to the organization can be attached
When an organization is declared unlawful, the central government can attach such ‘place’ which includes any house or building or part thereof. According to the UAPA Act, the District Magistrate may, within the local limits of his jurisdiction, hold all movable properties (clothing, cooking utensils, furniture and bedding, artisans’ equipment, animal husbandry equipment, cattle, grain and food other than (b) in the presence of two ‘honorable’ witnesses present at that location.

The Anti-Terrorism Act gives a person 30 days to declare that his/her location was not used for illegal purposes. According to the UAPA, if the members of the organization continue to gather there and hold meetings, then that person can be jailed for two years and fine.

The organization can appeal against the ban within 30 days
The Central Government shall also approach a tribunal within 30 days from the date of publication of the notification to decide whether there are sufficient reasons to declare an organization unlawful under the UAPA Act.

The Tribunal shall summon that organization within 30 days from the date of service of such notice to show cause as to why the organization should not be declared unlawful. The Tribunal shall conduct an inquiry after considering the reasons given by the organization or its office bearers or members. The Tribunal can decide the matter at the earliest and in any case within six months from the date of issue of the notification.

Tags: home ministry, PFI, UAPA Act

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