The Tamil Nadu government has strongly defended the LTTE ban, which was extended on May 14th for two more years.
Delhi High Court judge Justice Vikramjit Sen is the one-man tribunal set up by the Centre to go into the validity of the ban, which was clamped under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Tamil Nadu said: “The LTTE is against both the Union and State governments and the leaders, viz. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi; the National Security Advisor; and the Foreign Secretary.”
Tamil Nadu said lifting the ban at this juncture would imply allowing such a deadly foreign terrorist outfit to operate fully from India, and this would give the outfit a tremendous psychological boost. Counsel for the State S. Thananjayan prayed for its continuance.
MDMK General Secretary Vaiko made a fervent plea before the tribunal that he be heard as one of the parties. Mr. Thananjayan, however, said that under the Act, Mr. Vaiko could not represent the banned organisation as he was not the affected party. The judge said Mr. Vaiko could make his submissions through a lawyer and posted the matter for Friday.