Cracking down against pro-Khalistan organisation Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) terrorist, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Saturday confiscated the property of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in Chandigarh and Amritsar. According to NIA, now Pannu has no right to the property and is now with the government. Multiple agencies have filed cases against Pannun who has been declared as an "individual terrorist" under the fourth schedule of UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment Act).
On the orders of the NIA Mohali court, a property confiscation notice has been pasted outside a house belonging to Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in BharsinghPura village of Jalandhar district.
Canada-based Pannu, the chief of Sikhs for Justice, an outlawed organisation in India, was designated as a wanted terrorist in 2020. He is facing more than 20 criminal cases in Punjab. He has repeatedly threatened several leaders including PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar.
The Centre by its July 10, 2019 notification had declared SFJ unlawful association and had banned it for five years, saying the group's primary objective was to establish an "independent and sovereign country" in Punjab and it openly espouses the cause of Khalistan and in that process, challenges the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. This was later upheld by an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act tribunal.
India and Canada are embroiled in a diplomatic row over the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. India has rejected the charges as "absurd" and "motivated" and kicked out a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move to Ottawa's expulsion of an Indian official. Pannun, who heads Sikhs for Justice, was Nijjar’s New York-based lawyer. He was designated as a terrorist by India in 2020. He has called for Sikhs to rally outside India’s High Commission in Ottawa as well as consulates across Canada on Monday.