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Goa government's order banning Sri Ram Sene lacks teeth: Congress

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 5:55pm IST | Place: Panaji | Agency: PTI

Rajya Sabha MP and AICC Secretary Shantaram Naik on Thursday described the order banning Sri Ram Sene in Goa as 'toothless'.

"The ban order imposed by the Goa Government on Sri Ram Sene is without teeth, unless the order is followed by a regular order by the Central Government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967," Naik told reporters on Thursday.

Goa government has issued the order under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code but it will last only for two months and with great difficulty, for another six months. State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had announced on the floor of the House yesterday that Sene's entry in the state has been banned.

Naik said under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, if the Central Government is of opinion that any association is unlawful association, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare such association to be unlawful.

He said that Goa government has to prepare a case against Sene with proper documents including CDs with his speeches in Goa and outside, while demanding an immediate order declaring the outfit as unlawful.

The Congress leader said that if Goa CM is genuinely interested to prevent Muthalik from harming the social fabric of the state, then he should approach the Central Government under the Unlawful Activities legislation and prepare his dossier, which will not only convince the Home Ministry to pass necessary order but issue an order which will also be sustained before the Tribunal.

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