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Greenpeace activist was involved in anti-national activities: Govt

Greenpeace activist was involved in anti-national activities: Govt
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However, the court termed her not being allowed to visit London as inappropriate, saying the government has to draw a line to distinguish between “nationalism and jingoism”.

Pillai, who was on January 11 offloaded from a flight to London at the IGI airport here, had sought permission again to visit the British capital to make a presentation before British MPs on alleged human rights violation at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh.

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, informed Justice Rajiv Sakhdher that a Look Out Circular (LOC) issued on Pillai was in national interest and on the advice of Intelligence Bureau.

The court expressed concern over Pillai not being allowed to visit London and government has to draw a line between “nationalism and jingoism”.

The court said the government decision of the government is not appropriate as there are many people, who indulged in various anti-national activities, but were travelling abroad.

However, the ASG said Pillai’s visit to London was “a serious threat to the nation and the speech she is going to make there is against the nation. The travel tickets financed in her name were from an organisation which is on the watch list of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).”

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