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Sikhs For Justice

Date: 20 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued summons to over 40 persons in connection with a case registered against the US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

 

Details

  • Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) formed in 2007, is a US-based group seeking a separate homeland for Sikhs, a “Khalistan” in Punjab. 

  • SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, currently an attorney at law in the US, is the face of SFJ and its legal adviser.

  • Panun had launched the secessionist Sikh Referendum 2020 campaign, an initiative that eventually became defunct.

  • He was among the nine individuals designated as “terrorists” by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs last July.

  • ‘Referendum 2020’, claimed it wanted to “liberate Punjab from Indian occupation”. However, its London declaration even got little traction.

  • SFJ had announced to hold the first-ever non-binding referendum among the global Sikh community on the question of secession from India and re-establishing Punjab as an independent country.

  • NIA has served notices under Section 16 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), meaning they have been summoned as witnesses. 

UAPA

  • Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is an Indian law aimed at effective prevention of unlawful activities associations in India.

  •  Its main objective was to make powers available for dealing with activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India.

  • The object of this bill was to make powers available for dealing with activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India.

  • The bill was passed by both the Houses of Parliament and received the assent of the President on 30 December 1967. 

In July 2019, the ambit of UAPA was expanded. It was amended allowing the government to designate an individual as a terrorist without trial. The previous versions of the Bill allowed for only groups to be designated as terrorists.