Order to remove India Out banner from Yameen’s house appealed

Police remove the 'India Out' banner outside former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on April 21, 2022. (Sun Photo)

The Criminal Court’s order to move the ‘India Out’ banner from H.Dhoovehi, the residence of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been appealed at the High Court.

 A hearing related to this case is currently ongoing at the High Court.

Under a court order, on April 21, the Police removed the large ‘India Out’ banners hanging from Yameen’s residence and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) headquarters in Male’ City.

PPM has claimed that the Criminal Court’s order to take down the banners was unlawful.

‘India Out’ is a campaign led by the opposition to protest against the Indian military presence in Maldives.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih issued a decree banning the ‘India Out’ movement on Thursday after the National Security Council deemed the movement a threat to national security.

He said the movement put Maldives at risk of losing peace and stability, a huge economic and social burden, and isolation in the international arena.

Giant ‘India Out’ banners hung outside the residence of opposition leader, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, and the PPM headquarters were removed by police the same day.