Can’t ban Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha based on demand: Sudhir Mungantiwar

Mumbai: Stating that government would not ban Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha or any other organization just because there is demand for the same, state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Wednesday said if the organization in question is found involved in anti-social or anti-national activities action would be taken in this regard as per constitutional provisions.


Samir Gaikwad, who is member of Sanatan Sanstha, was arrested a few days ago for his alleged involvement in the Late Govind Pansare murder case. After his arrest, there was a demand from Pansare family members along with family members of Late Narendra Dabholkar — anti-superstitions activist, who was also murdered — to ban Sanstha. Both, Pansare and Dabholkar, had received threats from Right Wing activists and organizations.

Replying to a question during a press conference after the cabinet meeting, Mungantiwar said whatever action would be taken would be as per the constitutional provisions. He said that government cannot ban any organization on basis of demands for the same. He also made it clear that the government cannot act on the basis of prejudices but would not spare any organization being involved in anti-social or anti-national activities.

On being asked post Gaikwad’s arrest, did the government not think whether he was involved in anti-social activities, Munganrtiwar said: “I would not jump to any conclusion nor pass any judgment as the matter is in court. The police department is doing its job and the government would not interfere in the investigation. After Gaikwad’s arrest further investigation is in progress.”