Sanatan Sanstha not terrorist organisation under UAPA but a spiritual body imparting education on dharma : Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court passed a order on 23 March, 2023.This was seen in the case of Liladhar @ Vijay Lodhi v. State 134 OF 2022 and the case was presided over by Hon’ble Justice SUNIL B. SHUKRE & KAMAL KHATA.




In this case the appellant is that he being a part of the conspiracy to destabilize India and destroy sovereignty and integrity of India by indulging in some terrorist and violent acts, did some overt acts leading to constitution of offences. It is also alleged that the appellant is an active member of a Hindu Organization ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ whose object is to form ‘Hindu Rashtra’ by secretly forming a terrorist gang within State of Maharashtra and adjoining States. It is further alleged that one of the aims of members of ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ was to prevent screening of movies, holding of western cultural programme and organising such events as ‘sunburn’ festival and other similar functions, which were, perceived by ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ to be against the tenets of Hinduism and ideology followed by ‘Sanatan Sanstha’.




As, there is absolutely no evidence of conspiracy and he further submits that there is no evidence to show that the recovery of crude bombs made from the ancestral house of the appellant was prima facie attributable to the appellant. So, it is clear now that whatever appears in the bald statements of co-accused does not receive any prima facie assurance of that being correct. In the result, the appeal is allowed. The impugned order is hereby quashed and set aside. The appellant is directed to be released on bail on his furnishing a P.R. bond of Rs. 50,000/-.


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