Weeks after being charged for sedition, UK-based Punjabi rapper and singer Taran Kaur Dhillon, also known as Hard Kaur, has allegedly extended support to the 'Referendum 2020' campaign run by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organisation. In multiple social media posts throughout the week, Hard Kaur has been seen appealing the people to vote for Khalistan as a part of the Referendum 2020 movement by the SFJ.
In two video posts, Hark Kaur is also seen wearing a t-shirt saying "Punjab Referendum 2020 Khalistan". In other posts, she used abusive language against Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal. In her posts, she heaped praises for slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
This development has come days after the Centre banned the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organisation and declare it as an unlawful. The MHA had said that the SFJ was run by few radical Sikhs of foreign nationality in US, Canada, UK etc, as an unlawful association under the provision 3(1) of UAPA, Act 1967. There have been 12 cases filed against the organisation and 39 people connected to the group have been arrested. The group are known for promoting an online campaign called "Referendum 2020" demanding separate land for the Sikhs.
Earlier in June, Hard Kaur was booked with sedition charges on her social media posts against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityananth and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. An FIR was registered against her by a Varanasi-based lawyer, under Sections 124 A (Sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion), 500(defamation) and 505 (intent to incite) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66 of the IT Act, after a V filed a complaint against the Punjabi singer.
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