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12 Apr 2020

Rehearsed Truths: Eight Successive Bans on SIMI by UAPA Tribunals examines a special feature of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967—the role of Tribunals in reviewing and confirming bans on ‘unlawful’ organizations. Focusing attention on SIMI’s eight successive bans since 2001, the report analyses why, instead of fulfilling its role as a supposed built-in check, the Tribunal has aided the Government’s proscription of organizations. Examining Tribunal proceedings, which dispense with fundamental procedural safeguards in the name of the state’s practicality and convenience, the report demonstrates the unequal and undemocratic procedures implicit in the Tribunal, and therefore in the UAPA.

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