A judicial review was filed in the High Court yesterday seeking to quash the Immigration Department's decision to ban entry of Falun Gong practitioners. The legal action came after more than 400 Falun Gong members from Taiwan had been turned away since Monday. It was lodged by Kan Hung-cheung, spokesman for the Hong Kong Association of Falun Dafa. He said Falun Gong members wanted to come to Hong Kong to protest against the group's suppression during President Hu Jintao's visit to the city. They had planned peaceful activities such as a rally and parade, he said. About 300 local Falun Gong practitioners marched from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Immigration Tower in Wan Chai yesterday afternoon. They plan to hold a sit-in outside the Tower at 8am today, as Mr Hu is scheduled to attend a flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square. Mr Kan said it was the highest number of Falun Gong members to have been turned away since 2001. Some were told they were refused entry for 'security reasons', but most were not given a reason, he said. 'Some members were even pinned on the floor, then restrained in a blanket and carried onto a plane bound for Taiwan when they refused to leave,' he said. Beijing banned the group in 1999, labelling it an 'evil cult'. The Immigration Department declined to comment.