The outfit has been banned for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, according to officials.
The organisation has been banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Its chief Yasin Malik is under arrest and at present lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.
This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.
In a separate incident , the Enforcement Directorate has levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of USD 10,000 in alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, officials said Friday.
The foreign currency, that equals to about Rs 6.90 lakh, has also been confiscated by the agency as part of an order issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) on March 20. The foreign currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.
The case against Geelani, 89, has been adjudicated and penalty and confiscation order has been issued by the Special Director rank of the agency, who is entrusted to adjudicate the FEMA cases.
Geelani heads the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference and is based in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.