Kerala looking into reports of Taliban style courts

July 27th, 2010 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Thiruvananthapuram, July 27 (IANS) Kerala is looking into the veracity of media reports suggesting that Taliban style courts are functioning in the state, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the state assembly Tuesday.
He said this in response to a submission raised by Congress legislator Aryadan Mohammed.

Mohammed said the first such report of a Taliban style court appeared in Veekshenam daily this month and was followed by a series of reports in Mathrubhoomi daily.

“The Popular Front of India (PFI) is primarily responsible for such Taliban model courts which I believe are functioning across the state. I will not go back on my fight against such forces, neither will my party. Organisations such as PFI, NDF (National Development Front), PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) and Jamat-e-Islami are all one and the same,” said Mohammed.

Replying to this, Balakrishnan said it was reported that these so called courts handle family issues, boundary disputes and also issues concerning faith.

“But the government is yet to receive any complaint about such things. Whatever happens, we will not allow any such thing to happen. It has come to light that under the PFI, there are about 20 feeder organisations functioning and the government is looking into the functioning of the Imam Council also,” said Balakrishnan.

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