The Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) has said the ban order issued by the government was aimed at implicating the organisation with “fabricated and imaginative” claims that it had organisational links with CPI (Maoist).
Though there were similarities in political and ideological frameworks of both the organisations like opposing feudalism and imperialism as retrogressive, it could not be “misinterpreted” as organisational linkages, RDF president Varavara Rao said.
Mr. Varavara Rao, along with RDF vice-president Ganti Prasadam, appeared before the Advisory Board constituted by the government to look into the ban and argued against the ‘arbitrary, authoritarian and undemocratic’ ban.
They alleged that the State government, Intelligence department in particular, gave ‘false and wrong’ information to the Board, but copies of the documents submitted to it were not given to RDF. This was against democratic procedures and against rights of the accused.
Since the RDF had no idea of such “fabricated documents” and the “wild allegations” made against its members, “it is not possible for us to answer the allegations without looking into those papers,” he said.
The letters, supposedly written by CPI (Maoist) leaders and Janatha Sarcar president intercepted by the Intelligence department could not have been seen by RDF joint secretary G.N. Saibaba.
The fact that the Intelligence department chief represented in the meeting showed that the government was drawing heavily on the fabricated information.
The information provided to the Advisory panel that the Odisha High Court upheld the ban on RDF and its constituents was a false impression.
He hoped that the Advisory Board would consider all the facts while looking into the “arbitrary ban” imposed on it.