In a setback to the case of the center against Khalistan separatist Gurbatwant Singh BanonIndia rejected Interpol second request to issue red corner notice on terror shipment against Founder and Legal Counsel in Canada of Pro-Khalestan outfit sikh for Justice (SFJ), reports that the Indian authorities failed To provide enough information to me support Their case, The Indian Express learned.
Interpol sources said also I learned that UAPA, under which is red corner asked forhas been criticized for “Abuse” to target minorities and human rights activists without “respecting” their right to due process and a fair trial.
However, the sources said that Interpol acknowledged that Bannon was a “prominent Sikh separatist” and that the SFJ group This is calling for Khalistan is independent. However, they said, she concluded that Bannon’s activities haveclear political dimension”, which cannot be a subject of Note in the red corner according to the INTERPOL constitution.
Indian Express I learned that the committee for the control of Interpol files transferred decision to India in August after judgment on Request made by Pannun on India’s request is after evaluation of the response from the Indian authorities.
During session detained in The sources said at the end of last June, that the committee concluded that “insufficient informationSupplied by India’s National Central Bureau (NCB) to show terrorist nature of The crime”The Pannun’s”possible active and purposeful participation in terrorist activities.”
The National Commercial Bank operates under the supervision of the Central Bank of Iraq and processes and coordinates red corner notice requests for Indian law enforcement agencies. In Bannon’s case, demand for Notice was the red corner made on May 21, 2021, by the National Central Bank on In my name or for me of National Investigation Agency (NIA). SJF has been banned by India.
The Indian Express NIA asked about Interpol move But an agency spokesperson wasn’t available for comment.
In his letter to the INTERPOL Committee, on Sources said that Bannon’s application cited a program arrest ordered against Pannun by the NIA Special Court in Mohali on February 3, 2021. In detail in the case, it stated that the NIA investigation “proved” that Bannon “recruited”, “radicalized” and “commissioned” other defendants through a colleague known as Nihal Singh known as Fateh Singh on social media pads to carry around out “terror The sources said.
According to the sources, India informed the committee that these actions include “killing of Prominent Indian leaders are on fire of business Facilities and weapons purchases for Pregnancy out terror Verbs” and “recruitment” in they “terror gang.” These works, which India knew they provided, were “financed from abroad” by Bannon “through his agents” by various Techniques of money Transfer.
Bannon’s goal, India has stated that it must “revive terrorism in Punjab andkill innocent peopleTo promote a ‘separatist’ agenda.
In his application to the committee, Bannon dismissed the accusations and described India’s request as move “Activists are silenced,” sources said. he is also He denied SFJ was a terrorist organization and claimed it was legal practice I was for Promote “self-determination” for Sikhs, raise complaints in United States and Canada on In my name or for me of The sources said that “the victims of human rights violations.”
In this context, they said, Bannon confirmed that he had filed separate civil lawsuits in New York in September 2013 against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, claiming that the “damage” was caused by “commission of crimes against humanity and other violations in Punjab”.
Commission decisionthe sources said, standing on a key Point: Article 3 in Interpol’s constitution, which forbids the organization to carry out “any intervention or activity.” of Politician militaryof a religious or ethnic character.” Interpol was in January 2019 rejected a previous request for red corner notice against Bannon from the Indian authorities in November 2018.
This time, she pointed out many shortcomings in Indian demand, mainly lacks of information on Three counts: Alleged links between Bannon and Fateh Singh or other defendants in NIA case; Bannon bank Details or alleged international wire transfers; share in alleged terror Actions.
A committee also pointing to out Bannon has been designated a “terrorist” under the Trafficking in Persons Act without a conviction. Pannun is listed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MHA) as one of 38 “terrorists” under the UAPA.
At UAPA, the panel cited open letters by UN experts saying that “UAPA’s vague identification of Illegal activities andmembership of Terrorist organizations grant discretionary powers to state agencies, weakening judicial oversight and reducing civil liberties in the operation”.
According to the sources, the National Intelligence Agency has submitted at least three statements of indictment against Bannon and SFJ, with The charges include damaging the tricolor and raising the “Khalistan flag”. on Building of Deputy Commissioner office in Muja Punjab in August 2020.
In July 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs declared SFJ an “unlawful association” for “Indulgence in Activities that harm internal security of India and public system, they have the potential of Disturbing peace, unity and integrity of Country”.
According to Interpol websitethe red corner notifications have been issued to 279 people on Requests from Indian law enforcement agencies, including 200 Indian nationals. They include gangster Dawood Ibrahim and some Sikh separatists.
Regardless of the cases in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi, Bannon face at least 22 cases in Punjab alone, some of taken by the National Intelligence Agency.
On April 15th, Gurgaon Police in Haryana registered FIR against Bannon on shipment of Discord after he released a video asking people To raise the “Khelestan flag” in the offices of Deputy Commissioners and Supervisors of police in the state.
On May 8, a new case was registered under UAPA against Bannon in Himachal Pradesh for Alleged to be the mastermind of the linkage operation of Pro-Khalestan banner on the border of Vidhan Sebha in Dharmshala and similar incidents in The state – and the declaration of June 6, 2022 as “Khalestan Referendum Day”.
At the time, Himachal DGP Sanjay Kondao said he sought the red corner notice against Bannon.