Going back six years, the UDF government had told court that Jammat-e-Islami was a religious terror organisation that did not acknowledge the constitution of our country. In its affidavit, UDF also said that the outfit encourages youth to adopt perspectives detrimental to the nation’s interests.
The affidavit was submitted on 28 Jan, 2014 when Oomen Chandy was the Chief Minister. Back then, Abdul Samadh filed a Public Interest Litigation with the High Court seeking investigations into funds, ideology and so forth related to Jamaat-e-Islami. And, UDF government’s affidavit had come in response to court query in the matter.
Mary Joseph, the Under Secretary to Home Department had submitted the affidavit on behalf of government. Ramesh Chennithala was the Home Minister at that time. And, the Muslim League leader, Kunjalikutty, who now spearheads alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami’s Welfare Party, was the top second in that cabinet.
The affidavit underscored the point that Jamaat-e-Islami was an outfit under state surveillance which would be banned, and if need be. The outfit is against accepting government jobs or approaching courts for justice, read the affidavit. The govt has initiated steps to ban the 14th book printed by the outfit’s publishing wing, the Islamic Publishing House(IPB). The 1597 book published by them challenges the constitution of India, the affidavit said.