Stopped all political activities in Thailand: Sehgal

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Indian businessman Satish Sehgal, who has been ordered to be deported for participating in protests demanding the ouster of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has said that he had stopped all political activities after emergency was imposed here.

A spokeswoman for the government's Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) yesterday said that Sehgal, chairman of the Thai-Indian Business Association, was to be deported for leading a group of anti-government protesters.

The centre has already ordered the Immigration Department and police to commence procedures to deport Sehgal, spokeswoman Pol Lt Col Anchulee Theerawongpaisan said.

Sehgal, meanwhile, said that he halted all political activities after the government invoked the emergency decree, Nation newspaper reported today.

Authorities had warned last month that action would be taken against five non-Thai protesters for their active role in demonstrations led by former Democrat lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban.

Thailand has a sizable population of ethnic Indian businessmen who have largely remained focused on increasing their business presence.

On January 22, the caretaker government put Bangkok under a state of emergency for 60 days to quell the protests.

Meanwhile, protest leader monk Phra Buddha Issara, abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom, has allegedly committed ecclesiastical and criminal offences and could be immediately defrocked, National Office of Buddhism director Nopparat Benchawattananant said yesterday.

The monk has been taking part in anti-government protests blanketing Bangkok for weeks now.

The criminal court will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for the monk.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said the monk would be arrested once the court issued an arrest warrant for him, the paper said.

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