A special tribunal on Wednesday upheld the ban imposed by the Centre on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for another five years.
SIMI allegedly has links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfits including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front, Indian Mujahideen. The Union home ministry had in February this year issued a notification renewing ban on SIMI in a effort to curb the outfit’s activities, which it said could threaten the integrity and security of India.
SIMI was declared outlawed in 2001 when it came to light that the outfit was involved in terrorist activities. However, this is the first time that ban on SIMI has been extended by five years. The last extension, notified in February 2012, was for two years.
Justice Suresh Kait of Delhi High Court, who heads the tribunal, validated the Centre’s February notification saying that there was valid reasons to ratify the ban imposed on the outfit under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Though SIMI had challenged the government’s move in various courts and also before the special unlawful activities (prevention) act tribunals on a number of occasions, it did not get any relief.