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A copy of the letter was also delivered to an address at Canary Wharf. Asian Lite enquiries revealed that the address belongs to a Regus business centre…. Reports Kaliph Anaz. The official move against the Sikh radical forum will make Britain to curtail SFJ activities in the UK. SFJ organised a rally in 2018 to promote their 2020 Referendum Campaign at Trafalgar Square

 by . India government has issued public notices through prominent newspapers in the UK to ask Sikh For Justice office bearers to appear in court in Delhi on September 20, 2019 regarding the government decision to ban the organisation on 10th July, 2019.

A copy of the letter was also delivered to an address at Canary Wharf. Asian Lite enquiries revealed that the address belongs to Regus business centre.

India on July 10 declared Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The decision was taken at a Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The official move against the Sikh radical forum will make Britain to take action against SFJ activities in the UK. SFJ organised a rally in 2018 to promote their 2020 referendum campaign.

The fringe group is run by a few radical Sikhs with foreign nationalities in the US, Canada and the UK. SFJ regularly associated with other diaspora-based pro-Khalistan elements, Kashmiri separatists and pro-Pakistan groups to carry out anti-India activities in countries like the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia. India is investigating 11 criminal cases against the group and its leadership on various charges. They were part ofthe group attacked India House during the protests in London on August 15 and September 3.

Formed in 2007 with Avtar Singh Pannun as its President along with Gurpatwant Pannun, the SFJ is running its secessionist campaign for the last three years in the garb of so-called unofficial Referendum 2020 for the “self-determination of Sikhs” which it plans to hold in November 2020 in India and in countries where the Sikh diaspora exists.

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SFJ leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu during a protest in London (File)

The main promoter of the SFJ is Gurpatwant Pannun, a New York-based attorney who practices as a lawyer for asylum seekers in the US. Wanted terrorists in India – Hardeep Singh Nijjer and Paramjit Singh Pamma – are the principal proponents of the outfit and ‘Referendum 2020’ in Canada and the UK, respectively.

“A Gazette Notification No. S.O. 2856(E) dated 7th August, 2019 [published in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary Part II, Section 3 (ii)], in exercise of powers under sub-section (1) of Section 5 of the Act, the Central Government has constituted a Tribunal comprising Hon’ble Mr. Justice D. N. Patel, Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi, for adjudicating as to whether there is sufficient cause for declaring Sikhs For Justice (‘SFJ’) as an “Unlawful Association” as required by sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the said Act,” the advert appeared in the paper said.  “Now there for, a notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of notice, as to why your Association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act.

“The objections/reply affidavits, if any, may be filed/delivered, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal, to the undersigned at his office in Room No. 104, First Floor, ‘A’ Block, Delhi High Court, Sher Shah Road, New Delhi – 110503

“You may appear through a duly authorized person before the Tribunal on 20.09.2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Court Room No. 01, “A” Block, Second Floor, Delhi High Court, Sher Shah Road, New Delhi-110503 for further proceedings.”

 

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