Thiruvananthapuram, December 23: Four days after the Kerala High Court took the Pinarayi Vijayan government to task over the delay in refunding prohibited damages to the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Kerala government on Friday tendered an unconditional apology for the lapse.
The state informed the court that the damage caused to properties across the state was Rs 5.20 crore by the PFI on September 23, during the blackout called by Central agencies the previous day to protest the arrest of their top officials. PFI Ban: Karnataka High Court upholds ban on Popular Front of India for involvement in ‘Anti-National’ activities.
On Friday, Additional Chief Secretary V.Venu, who was asked to appear before the court, apologized for the delay. Likewise, the government has explained the various steps it has taken to pay the damages and agreed that all payment steps will be done before January 15 and requested a period of one month to complete all the formalities.
The court observed that the state government should take a strict stand against those who commit destruction of public property and posted the case later. PFI Ban: Center to States, Union Territories to exercise UAPA powers against Popular Front of India and its affiliates.
Incidentally, Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Justice CP Mohammed Nias took their motu on the proceedings against PFI and directed all the lower courts, where the cases have been registered, to see that no one should be present from it. bail if compensation is not paid.
He said that if compensation is not paid, measures should be taken to confiscate the personal property of all those who committed the destruction.
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