As the Mulayam Singh Yadav regime faced flak over its apparent soft attitude towards SIMI, a court in Baharaich on Monday fixed July 20 for further hearing on UP government's application seeking withdrawal of criminal charges, including treason, against the SIMI chief.
The court deferred the hearing after some 150 lawyers, under the aegis of an NGO, moved applications that they be heard before any ruling was given.
Earlier, the prosecution submitted before the court a government order withdrawing the charges against SIMI chief Shahid Badra Falahi and others.
A case was registered against Falahi and some SIMI activists in 2001 after they delivered allegedly "provocative and anti-national" speeches at a meeting in this district.
Later, Falahi was enlarged on bail.
Uttar Pradesh Police chief Bua Singh recently said the central ban on SIMI was being strictly enforced in the state.
A day after, Yadav said SIMI was not found to be involved in recent terror attacks in the state.
Opposition parties had attacked the Chief Minister accusing him of being soft towards SIMI.