Regulation graduate Pannun has Chandigarh join
CHANDIGARH:On the outer wall of banned terrorist organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannun’s home in an upscale Chandigarh locality, a proclamation discover issued by an Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) courtroom in Mohali has additionally been pasted.
A regulation graduate from Panjab College, Pannun, who faces costs underneath the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act, is at present residing in Oakville on the outskirts Canada’s Toronto.
Initially from Khankot village on the outskirts of the holy metropolis of Amritsar, Pannun’s father, Mahinder Singh, was a former worker with the Punjab State Agricultural Advertising and marketing Board.
His household had migrated from Pakistan to Khankot throughout the partition in 1947. Pannun is little identified in his village, the place he owns property price crores, together with agriculture land. He not often visited the village.
Pannun, an legal professional at regulation within the US and Canada who has been providing employment overseas, apart from a money incentives for hoisting the Khalistani flag on public buildings, is likely one of the founders of SFJ, which claims to be “a world advocacy and human rights group”.
Pannun, who has requested the youth in Punjab to hoist the Khalistani flag on Independence Day, has been actively propagating and funding the secessionist Khalistan agenda overseas.
Simply forward of Independence Day this yr, Congress leaders put up the nationwide flag at his Chandigarh residence.
Carrying tricolours, Congress chief Gursimran Singh Mand from Ludhiana alongside along with his supporters assembled outdoors Pannun’s home and raised slogans. They then put up a flag on the essential gate of the home as a part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga Abhiyan’.
The organisation got here to limelight in 2013 when it get summons from a US courtroom in reference to the counter-insurgency operations in Punjab within the Nineteen Nineties in opposition to then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forward of his arrival in Washington for a summit assembly with then US President Barack Obama.
The SFJ had earlier secured comparable summons for Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
In August 2018, SFJ members organised a big pro-Khalistan rally in London’s Trafalgar Sq. and introduced their marketing campaign, “Referendum 2020.”
In 2019, the Centre had banned SFJ on the bottom of secessionism. The group has been attempting to construct a marketing campaign for secession of Punjab.
It has designated Pannun as particular person terrorist and listed his title within the Fourth Schedule of the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.
The Centre in 2020 ordered attachment of Pannun’s agricultural land at Khankot and Sultanwind space of Amritsar underneath Part 51-A of the UAPA Act.
In response to a reply within the Lok Sabha, the Central authorities stated an first info report (FIR) dated August 14, 2020, underneath a number of sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Prevention of Insults to Nationwide Honours Act, the Info Know-how Act and UAPA Act was registered in opposition to Pannun in Moga, Punjab, in reference to the Khalistani flag hoisting case atop the Deputy Commissioner’s workplace.
The case was transferred subsequently to the NIA. Pannun has been declared as an absconding accused. A lookout round and non-bailable warrant of arrest have been issued in opposition to him.
In October, Interpol rejected India’s second request to challenge a Crimson Nook Discover in opposition to Pannun as it’s learnt that Indian authorities failed to offer enough info to assist their case.
Interpol has additionally raised issues over the “misuse” of UAPA Act to focus on minority teams and rights activists with out “respecting” their proper to due course of and a good trial.
Nevertheless, Interpol clarified that it really works in accordance with its structure of not intervening in issues of political and spiritual significance.