The Madras High Court on Thursday admitted a petition by MDMK general secretary Vaiko, challenging a November 12 order of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal confirming the Centre's notification declaring the LTTE an unlawful association.

The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam, heard Mr. Vaiko's arguments. Later, the court adjourned the matter for further hearing on April 25.

In his petition, the MDMK leader stated that there was no threat to India's sovereignty or territorial integrity from the Tigers. The allegation of exploitation of the situation in Sri Lanka by individual groups and organisations supporting the LTTE cause could not be a ground to declare the LTTE an unlawful association.