Tribunal for SFJ
- Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 5 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the central government hereby constitutes an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, consisting of Mr Justice D N Patel, Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi, for the purpose of adjudicating whether or not there is sufficient cause of declaring the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) as an unlawful association, a notification issued by the Home Ministry said.
- Such a tribunal is constituted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to give an opportunity to the banned entity to present its case but is usually a no-show.
- The US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) pushes for Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda.
- The fringe organisation, run by a few radical Sikhs of foreign nationality in the US, Canada, the UK, etc., was declared unlawful under the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
- The SFJ is mostly active in online platforms and has more than two lakh supporters but physical presence is miniscule, with just eight to 10 active members.
- Paramjeet Singh Pamma, an active member of the SFJ, recently attended a cricket world cup match, where he had raised anti-India slogans.
- The SFJ is also planning to conduct a Khalistan referendum on pilgrims who would visit the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan in the future.