The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed Muslim organisation Popular Front of India to deposit Rs 5.20 crores as damages for losses incurred during a strike called by the outfit against the arrest of its cadres by the National Investigation Agency last week, reported Live Law.
The order came a day after the central government banned the organisation for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for alleged terror activities.
During the strike called last week, protestors supporting the Popular Front of India had smashed the windscreens of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Panthalam, Kollam, Thrissur and Kannur, The Hindu reported. In Kozhikode, a bus driver was injured.
The Kerala High Court had initiated contempt proceedings against Popular Front of India leaders on September 23 following the violent protests. On Tuesday, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation had moved the High Court and sought Rs 5.06 crores as compensation for the damages caused to the corporation during the protests, reported Live Law.
At Thursday’s hearing, a division bench comprising Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Justice Mohammed Nias CP observed that the Popular Front of India and its general secretary are “wholly and directly responsible” for the injuries inflicted by their supporters on the citizens, and for the damage caused to public and private…