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Srinagar, Mar 26: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has challenged the order of ban over it in the high court.

Reports said that the former member of the party Mehraj Azeem challenged the order at Jammu and Kashmir High Court in a hope to get the notification of ban imposed by GoI.

The organisation according to petitioner is is peaceful and has contested both assembly and parliamentary elections with a registered party symbol.

Pertinently, on February 28, Ministry of Home Affairs banned the party for carrying any kind of activity for a period of five years. They were charged for supporting “militants groups and being involved in the anti-national and subversive activities in the country”.

Reports said that high court has issued notices to union government asking them to reply within three weeks.

The petitioner has challenged what according to him an illegal and arbitrary order, wherein a socio-religious and political organisation has been declared to be ‘unlawful association’ with immediate effect without specifying the grounds as is mandated under Section 3(2) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

“Grounds are not opinions or subsidiary evidence, they should comprise of facts which substantiate the notification, it should include particulars with regards to the dates of the offences, details of the FIR’s registered by the police or the details of the pending prosecution”, the petition said.

Highlighting their contributions, the petitioner revealed that Jamaat’s existence for more than six decades is only for the socio-religious well being of the society.