Centre to grant sanction to prosecute PFI leaders after NIA submits charge sheet

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New Delhi: Union Ministry of Home Affairs will soon grant permission to prosecute leaders of banned outfit Popular Front of India. NIA is set to submit the charge sheet over the cases registered against the PFI activists by the end of March.

The investigation agencies found that the PFI urged youth to join Islamic State and rolled out secret campaigns for recruitments. For this, PFI has raised massive funds from the Gulf countries, pointed out the agencies.

The sanction from the central government is necessary to initiate the trial of accused to be prosecuted under Section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A two-member committee of NIA has been examining the request filed by NIA for the sanction. The Ministry of Home Affairs will give a nod only after analysing the report of the two-member committee.

According to the UAPA Act, the charge sheet has to be submitted within 180 days of recording the arrests of the suspects. Hundreds of Popular Front leaders were arrested during the raids conducted all over the country in September 2022.

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