New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notice to Arup Bhuyan and others on Centre’s plea seeking revocation of the court’s order which said only being a member of banned organization is not an offence. The Centre in its petition has said that the verdict will only encourage the elements inimical to India.

A bench of Justice Deepak Verma and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra issued a notice to Bhuyan and others on government application and said that the matter be posted before appropriate bench.

Last year bench headed by justice M. Katju had passed an order saying only being a member of a banned organization is not an offence.

Petitioner Arup Bhuyan was alleged to be a member of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). Bhuyan was convicted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) according to which mere membership of a banned organisation was a criminal act.

While setting aside the TADA court’s order, the Apex Court’s February 4, 2011 order said, “Even assuming he was a member of the ULFA, it has not been proved that he was an active member and not a mere passive member.”

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