Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan spoke to Outlook on what’s up with banning the Sanstha. Excerpts:
The Congress-NCP government had sought a ban on the Sanatan Sanstha. Why?
The ATS brought before us a proposal to seek a ban on the Sanstha by the Centre under the UAPA. Considering the merit of the proposal, we gave a go-ahead and the recommendation, signed by the assistant chief secretary (home), was forwarded in April 2011. It mentioned the Sanstha’s activities and said a ban is necessary. We were asked for more information and it kept going back and forth.
Meanwhile, one Vijay Rokade filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court around September 2011, requesting a ban on Sanatan Sanstha. The High Court heard the petition several times. During a hearing, the central government, which was party to the petition along with the state government, deposed that they need more information from the latter and would then move to ban the Sanstha, meaning they would make a...