CAA Violence: The Union Home Ministry has been informed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) is behind the violent protests against the citizenship law in Uttar Pradesh. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) report has revealed the fact that the PFI was behind the anti-CAA violence and paid lakhs of rupees to three senior lawyers of the country – Kapil Sibal, Indira Jaisingh and Dushyant A. Dave.
Advocates Kapil Sibal and Dushyant A Dave have admitted to taking money from PFI during a conversation with a channel. However, he said that he has received this money in lieu of lobbying in the Hadiya case.
The ED probing the activities of PFI has received information about PFI and about 73 bank accounts related to it. The Rehab India Foundation has also been mentioned by the ED in this matter. Sources in the ED say that a fund of around Rs 120 crore was used to protest against the CAA.
ED Sources: Enforcement Directorate has sent a note to the Home Ministry mentioning there is direct link between anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh and the Popular Front of India. ED has drawn correlation between dates of money deposits in bank accounts&dates of anti-CAA protests
— ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2020
In a letter sent to the Home Ministry, the ED has given a direct link between the protest in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the Popular Front of India. The ED has shown a correlation between the dates of depositing funds in bank accounts and the dates of CAA protests.
Kapil Sibal gave clarification
Senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal has admitted to receiving money from PFI for anti-CAA protests. But he says that he has received this money as a professional fee in the Hadiya case. They have received this money in the years 2017 and 2018. He says he will issue a formal statement in the case. Also, present the signed check as proof.
PFI’s hand behind CAA violence in UP: Yogi Sarkar
The Uttar Pradesh government has been saying from the beginning that the PFI is behind the violence in the state. Although the organization had described itself as an NGO. But ED sources have confirmed his involvement in the violence. The ED has written this letter to the home ministry after examining the bank accounts of PFIs in some districts of West UP.
During the investigation, ED found that a large amount was transferred to bank accounts linked to PFI. The protest against the CAA took violent forms last year. Due to which public property was damaged in many places in UP. Earlier this month, the Home Ministry received a report from the UP government regarding the activities of PFI in the state.
UP DGP OP Singh said that the PFI was actively involved in violent protests against the CAA. He had said that some members of this party have been arrested and evidence in this regard is also available. He also wrote a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs banning PFI.
What is PFI
- PFI stands for Popular – Popular Front of India. It is an extremist Islamic organization.
- The PFI was formed in 2006 as the main organization of the National Development Front (NDF). It is headquartered in New Delhi.
- Apart from NDF, PFI inroads in several states by alliancing with other organizations including Karnataka Forum for Dignity, Manitha Niti Pasrai of Tamil Nadu, Citizens Forum of Goa, Community Social and Educational Society of Rajasthan, Association of Social Justice of Andhra Pradesh.
- The PFI describes itself as a neo-society movement ensuring justice, freedom, and security. This organization also has many different branches. Such as for women- National Women’s Front and Campus Front of India for students/youth.
- Since its formation, the organization has been accused of many anti-social and anti-national activities.
- In 2012, the Kerala government had told the High Court during the hearing of a case that the activities of the PFI were harmful to the security of the country.
Activities of PFI in Uttar Pradesh
This organization has been spreading its wings in Uttar Pradesh for the last two years. Intelligence information was also shared between central agencies and Uttar Pradesh Police in this regard.
According to the Home Ministry, PFI activism was seen in the areas of Muzaffarnagar, Gonda, Meerut, Azamgarh, Shamli, Barabanki, Bahraich, Varanasi and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh amid violent protests on the Citizenship Act 2019.
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